Ask a Trainer: How Do I Teach My Dog "Down?"

Ask a Trainer: How Do I Teach My Dog "Down?"


Welcome to our new, weekly 'Ask a Trainer from the SF SPCA' feature on They'll help you get your dog or cat into shape and ready for the world. Ask your own questions in the comments!

Here's how to teach your dog "Down" in 60 seconds.

·         Hold a treat to your dog's nose and guide him down to bend his elbows- in down dog. Reward.

·         Once he is comfortable bending his elbows for a treat, bring the treat slightly up to get your dog to rock back into a down position.  Reward.

·         Once you can get your dog into the position, add the word, "down". Say down, then lure him into the position. Reward.

·         Repeat.

·         Voila!

Here's an instructional video to help:


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