I have a new puppy, he is about 4 months old. I have been working very hard on teaching him sit stay come and down. We even work on commands to go potty when he is outside. I do about 3 sessions a day for about 10 minutes each with treats. It took him all of 2 minutes to learn sit. He learned stay pretty qucikly as well. He comes when I call him but not consistently. He even does his business outside and then goes back in when it is not play time. My problem is I cant get him to lie down. I have tried all of the methods that I have read on internet, it just seems that he is too distracted. If I put the treat down low, he pounces on my arm. I say no and he goes back to sitting, but he isnt getting the down part. I have an older dog also and he has sat in on some of the training sessions, he seems to learn well from him, but I am not sure if it is appropriate to have him in there too. If anyone could respond I would appreciate the help.
Laying down is one the toughest ones to teach. First get in the habit of keeping small treats handy and when you see the puppy lay down on his own, treat him for it. Another way is to sit on the floor, put one leg straight out in front of you but lift your knee up a bit just enough so that the puppy would have to lay down and crawl to get under and through. Lure the pup with a treat from the other side, when the puppy is three quarters through, treat him, its best to treat the puppy when hes going through and his chest is touching the floor, casue thats what you want him to remember.
Sue has some good tips for you. I would follow them. I would also separate the pup from the adult. Pups not only have short attention spans they seem to goof off abit when there is a dog nearby who they know well. At least with my experience. Getting a dog to lie down is a hard command, good luck.