My puppy WILL NOT lay down, how do I teach him to do it? I get frustrated with him, and I read in a book that if you walk away from a dog, they learn that if they don't do the command, they will learn not to listen. Please help. Thanks
Speedy's owner (hes the puppy)
***Edited By: lollipop008 on 10/31/2005 2:22:25 PM*** Reason: did something wrong
I kneel down so Im on the floor with the puppy. Then make him sit. Then say LAY or DOWN. Put the treat on the floor in your hand. The puppy will usually go down to smell the treat. Then, when he lays give praise and the treat. The first couple of times you may have to gently place the front paws in the laying position. Dont push on the dogs back or be rough. Make training fun for the dog.
use AceyFacey advice , take this along with it . ( patient) ok. it takes time for anything we do in life rember those are dogs not humans even though most of us think they are. just think i don't know spanish and i would hate forsome to get upset with me cause i can't catch on right away . he will catch on to all your commands just take time (smile )
I had trouble getting my dog to learn lay down also. I used the method suggested above but he still wouldn't do it. I've heard sometimes small dogs have a more difficult time learning this because they don't need to lay down to reach the treat in your hand. What worked for me was to sit on the floor with one knee bent up (to make a little tunnel) I would have Riley sit and then tell him to lay down I would have the treat in my hand (say right knee left hand, or other way around) and put my hand under my leg to try to get him to go through. He would have to lay down to get low enough to get under my leg to get the treat. It does take patience but after about a week of this for a few minutes each day he got the hang of it. good luck!
Does the puppy know how to sit and stay yet? If not, you will have a very difficult time teaching down.
One method: Get a small piece of treat that the puppy likes (always train with small treat pieces which can be gulped down in one bite). Kneel next to the puppy. Make the puppy sit. Make the puppy stay. Hold the treat in front of the puppy's nose, out of reach. Say "doooowwwwwwn". While saying "down" lead the puppy's head down with the treat, then pull the treat out away from the puppy. Most dogs will down this way. Once the puppy is down, give him the treat, and gentle praise ("good down"). Do this three of four times, then end the training session with some play time. Be patient. It may take weeks before your puppy will down.
if he doesnt lay down by pulling the trat away from the puppy you could try this ......... make the puppy sit ....... then take the treat in your hand and place it behind the puppies front legs and inbetween them .....so the puppy has to bend her head down and between her legs to get at the treat ..........this automatically forces them to lie down.
lol to pearl, i had to laugh. my friend uses the suggestion above and it does take a lot of hard work but remember not to get to frustrated or not to let the puppy be bored only do it a few times a go .. good luck
Unfortunetly not all dogs/puppies will lay down easily. In my puppy classes we start with clicker training. Teaching the puppy to associate the click sound with a food reward. We always ask guardians to come to class with hungry puppies. Or use really great treats like hotdog. Then we lure the puppy into a down by bringing the food treat to his nose and lower it down to between his paws to the floor. Hold it there, in your hand till the pup has everything down, includeing elbows.When the butt and elbows have hit the floor, we click it and then treat them. (The click sound marks the desired behavior(bum hitting floor) this training takes several weeks to form an automatic/habit responce. Or by holding the treat under your stretched out leg, so the dog has to lay down to reach it, when his body hits the floor click and treat. You repeat this till the down is reliable, and then start adding the vocal "Down".
Also many dogs are turned on more by the sound of a squeekie toy, then a food reward.
Another way to get the ball rolling is to catch the dog about to lay down, while your sitting around the house. And when they lay down you click that and treat them. After a few downs and clicks you can start to add the word down as they are about to lay down. Some dogs soon are trying things to get the click and treat. What kind of dog are you working with?
1. Assuming your dog knows how to sit have them sit; using a treat in your hand hold it near the front feet of the dog. as the head goes down pull the treat out so they are forced to lay down to get to the treat. once down quickly stand back up and say 'down' and give the treat if they stay down.
2. and the most effective way is this: using your leash hold it close to the collar and pull down on it to the ground so that the dogs head is close to the floor. hold it there and eventually the dog will be uncomfortable and lay down. let go say 'down' give a treat and repeat. eventually the dog will lie down faster and soon enough all you will need to say is down and presto changeo your dog lays down.
People often think that if they train with food the dog will only work if they have food.
This is not the case at all.
The food is used in the beginning to LURE the behavior you are looking for, and to reward it.
You then begin to SHAPE a behavior by rewarding only the best responses.
Dogs trained in this way work sharply, happily, and do not need to have food available in order to work.
How many weeks would YOU go to work if all you got was a pat on the back and a "well done, sweetie"?
Your dog needs rewards to keep his enthusiasm level up as well.
Start with SIT. Take a tiny piece of food, hold it in your fingertips so the pup can smell it but not get it. Move the treat slightly upwards and back towards the puppy's tail. As the rear goes down into a sit, SMILE, say YES,SIT! and feed the treat. Release by saying OKAY!! and praise the pup.
Do 5 reps twice a day. Work to the point you can stand and say sit and the pup will sit.
When you are at this point, you can start on down.
Ask the pup to sit, and praise. (no food) Then put the food on the puppy's nose again, and let her get interested. Move the food straight down between the front legs of the puppy all the way to the floor. Now you will have ot experiment with what helps the puppy move into the down position. Sometimes moving the food forward will cause the pup to down. Sometimes moving to backwards towards the chest between the front legs works best. You might have to put a gentle hand on the rump to keep the pup from standing.
Patience patience patience. Wait for the pup to down, and she will eventually.
Give the food, say down as she is going to the floor, release and praise. :D
Hes getting better at the whole lay down thing now that we'ver practiced it a little, but he still kinda doesnt understand the concept a little, when we say it, he has that look in his eyes, ya know, the one that he thinks were going to smack him, how do i get that to stop. I dont want him thinking laying down is a bad thing.