By Saro Boghozian, Expert Family Dog Trainer

Many dog owners ask me what is exactly down position and how does it look like?

This is Harvey in down position. His stomach is touching the ground.

This is a very hard position for a dog to do in command. You need to have control over your dog and also have had built trust and confidence in your relationship.

Many dogs would not want to do this position especially in front of other dogs or in outdoor settings. In my opinion that is because the owner and the dog are still climbing the power ladder. A dog that is confident enough will be comfortable enough to do it.

It takes a lot of practice and repetition to be able to do it and also it is very important for your dog to learn this position.

Start by letting your dog know what down position is first. Anytime your dog is in down positions automatically, just remind it by saying “Good Down”.

When teaching your dog down you start by tapping your hands on the floor as to get your dog to lie down. As soon as that happens praise your dog. You can also use its favourite toy to lure its body down.

If you need to teach the basics of obedience to your dog, then sign up for the next Jonah’s Ark basic obedience course.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://www.jonahsark.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/saro-boghozian.jpg[/author_image] [author_info] Saro received his expert dog trainer certification from The College of Canine Behavioural Science and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and does volunteer behaviour consultation with a number of dog rescue organizations. Saro’s play, praise and reward training classes are always in high demand as are his private one-on-one training sessions. Rather than using treats or gimmicks like shock collars, Saro’s training methods help owners understand how to use a dog’s natural intelligence to achieve success. [/author_info] [/author]


1 Comment

Cheryl · May 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm

As you know Qantas has problems with the down position on the table in agility classes. We’ve been working on it all week and he gets “nothing” till his tummy hits the floor. I think he’s got it, but tonight will be the real test!

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