Train Your Dog To Lie Down Overview

Train your dog to lie down with this dog training exercise taken from the Dog Training Planner. Train your dog in an environment with minimal distractions. Burn off excess energy before training, but don’t exhaust your dog.

The 7 Steps 

If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that I’ve written out all the steps from the video for you. I know. I know. I really am that nice (lol).

Videos are great if you’re a visual learner!

Most people learn dog training drills best by first watching a video tutorial, and then having the written steps available during the training session, so they don’t get confused (Hey, if you want to completely avoid confusion, you might like to get your paws on my Dog Training Planner).

Lie Down Command

Lie Down Command

Step 1

Start with a treat in your hand and put it close to your dog’s nose.

Step 2

Lower your hand toward the floor as a lure. Your dog will not lie down immediately but give the treat and praise as soon as your dog makes any movement downward.  

Step 3

Repeat the lure, lowering your hand closer to the floor each time. Do this until your dog is completely lying down.

Step 4

Practise the lure many times until your dog is consistently lying down.

Step 5
Hand Signal

Fade the lure for a hand signal. The hand signal should be an open hand with the palm down to the floor. Lower your hand signal (as you did for the lure). When your dog is lying down, reward it with a treat from your other hand.

Step 6
Reduce Hand Signal 

Gradually reduce your hand signal, until your dog reacts to just a slightly downward motion. Repeat many times.

Step 7
Verbal Command

Fade out the hand signal and replace it with a verbal command. Do this by giving the command, ‘Down’, before you give a hand signal. Repeat this until your dog responds to the verbal command alone.

Final Thoughts 

Practice these steps regularly to ensure your dog is confident to carry out the command.

Before you go, read on to discover the secret sauce to dog training success...

Loving Leadership

Have a philosophy of loving leadership when training your dog.

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As a loving leader, you should be constantly working on the communication pathways with your dog. At the bare minimum, your dog should also have some basic commands such as the lie-down command, sit command, and stay command.

When your dog knows a few basic dog obedience commands he or she will feel loved because they know what you want and have no anxiety or fear about what they should be doing and when.

Once your dog has a few commands under his or her belt (I mean, collar), practice behaviour dog training, command dog training and tricks dog training regularly to ensure your dog is physically and mentally healthy. As you are probably acutely aware, untrained dogs have a way of taking over the control of a home if not taught otherwise (which can be a nightmare). A trained dog, however, will bring years of doggie love to your household.

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