When training your dog, “down” is a very useful command that can come in handy. One point that is important for you to understand is what you are training with the down command. Firstly, down, in this context, means you are training your pet to lie down.
You must not confuse your pet by telling them down when they jump up, or down when you want them off of the couch, as this will make training not only more difficult and frustrating to you, but also for your dog. In order to train your dog to get down in that sense you need to train them with the “off” command.
Training your dog the “down” command is very similar with sit, but may be a bit more difficult to teach to your dog since the natural movements used to train a dog to sit are a bit easier to coax your pet to do than the movements for down. The next few steps will show you how to get started training your dog down.
Owning a dog is a delight and privilege. Training your pet is not only helpful, but will also strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Teaching your dog these new commands is never easy, and some dogs will be more difficult to train than others as they have different personalities just like you and me.
Although you may get frustrated, never take it out on your dog, as it can harm the relationship, and may make your dog more difficult to train. If your dog messes up on a step just go back and work on the previous step and get their confidence back up until they are ready to move forward.