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Here is your 5th training lesson.  

Continue Basic Obedience in Dog Training

Skills are developed by repetition. Repeat each skill 4 to 6 times to ensure patterns are being set.

This week we introduce the down stay. This is one of the most use commands if you take your dog with you to public places or with you on day trips. Anytime you are busy loading or unloading the car or even if you need to run into a store for a few minutes, the down stay comes in mighty handy.

Sit stay is more of a stand by exercise. Very helpful for waiting to cross the street or greeting people. The sit stay is also the position that we really work on building our dogs attention during distraction training. Your dog should sit and continue to look at you no matter what is going on around them.

Sit and stay position.

Lesson 5

Sit, Stay

From the neutral position walk your dog, then command him to "Sit".

When he sits, give him the "Stay" command as you continue walking forward to the end of the leash.

Be sure to glance  backward should you need to correct your dog. Correct by tugging  on the leash and giving the "Sit and Stay" commands.

Have the dog  hold this position for 30 seconds to a minute.


Dog in a sit stay

Down and Stay...

Dog in Heel Down Position

Down your dog 

From the neutral position, while holding the leash in your right hand, "Down" your dog using your left hand to signal.


Gently tug on the leash if needed.

Have the dog hold this position for about one minute.

Down and stay...

Down the dog (Down-Stay)

Standing beside your dog from the heel position or neutral  position, switch the leash to the left hand.

Take your left hand,  in a palms-down position, and place on the leash as close to the dog as possible and gently push down toward your left heel as you  command the dog "Down".

If the dog resists, you may use your right hand to gently push his front legs down. Command him to "Stay". 

Hold leash in your left hand. Praise. Pivot in front of the dog. 

Stay close. Have him "Stay" for a minute or so.

To correct:  command "No" as you tug in a downward movement, then command  "Stay" and praise.


Dog in a Down Stay

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Practice these skills several times a day throughout your training course.