How to Train Your Dog to Lie Down

Teaching your dog to lie down is a valuable skill, and it’s actually not as difficult as it may seem. Once your dog has mastered the art of lying down on command, he’ll be much more likely to follow other commands as well. In addition, teaching your dog to lie down will help you keep him safe in situations where he needs to stay still for a long period of time.

By teaching your dog to lie down, you can create a safe place for him to stay when you need him out of the way.

By teaching your dog to lie down, you can create a safe place for him to stay when you need him out of the way. He’ll also learn that lying down is what he should do when it’s time for dinner, playtime or any other activity that includes being quiet and still. This can help prevent accidents from happening in the house and prevent your dog from getting into trouble when you’re not around to supervise him.

When training a dog to lie down on command, first use natural instincts by rewarding behaviors that are similar in nature with praise or treats. For example: if he sits calmly next to his food bowl while waiting for dinnertime, reward this behavior with a treat so he understands the association between good behavior and something tasty (which is usually reserved only for humans). Over time, add new commands like “down” until they become second nature—then start using them regularly whenever there are situations where it’s important that he obey quickly without hesitation (such as during grooming sessions).

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Tuck his tail underneath himself and say “down.”

If you have a puppy, he will naturally tuck his tail under himself when he is lying down. When training your dog to lie down, you can use this behavior by encouraging him to tuck his tail under himself and then praising him when he does so. If your dog doesn’t naturally tuck his tail underneath himself, try gently tucking it under yourself and saying “down” as you do so. You can also use treats or praise as rewards for lying down on command, but be careful not to create any bad habits in the process: if your dog is used to receiving treats every time he lies down (something that may happen unintentionally), then he may become too excited about lying down in order to receive one!

If he doesn’t go down, put one hand on his back, just behind his front legs, and gently push.

If this doesn’t work, try something else. You may be using a treat too big or one that’s not appealing enough to draw him into the lying position. Try a smaller treat or something that smells more interesting to him.

Keep gently guiding him down until he is in a down position.

The most important thing to remember is that you must not force the dog into this position. You also don’t want to let him get up until he is in the down position and you have said “OK!”

If your pup gets up without being told so, then start over from the beginning. If he tries to pounce on something or runs after another dog while trying to get out of the training session, again start over at step one with “Sit!”

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Praise him enthusiastically when he gets into a down position on the first try.

If your dog is successful on the first try, praise him enthusiastically and reward him with a treat. If he doesn’t get into a down position on the first try, place his front feet on the ground by encouraging him with verbal praise and petting.

If your dog doesn’t get into a down position on the first try, place his front feet on the ground.

You can use a treat to draw him into a lying position once his front legs are on the floor. The idea is that if you keep moving forward and don’t give up, he’ll eventually realize it’s easier to go along with what you want than fight it.

If your dog continues to resist going down when you’re trying to train this command, consider changing which direction he faces before giving him the command. For example: instead of having him face away from you when giving him “lie down,” turn him so that he is facing away from where food is being placed in reward for lying down—this will encourage him more than simply asking if he wants some food by placing it near but not directly in front of his face (which may seem threatening).

Once your dog has gotten into this pattern of doing what you ask without resistance for several days or weeks at home alone together with only one person doing training sessions every day at home then it’s time to try again outside where there are other distractions such as other people walking around; cars driving by; squirrels chasing each other around trees; etcetera…

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Use a treat to draw your dog into a lying position.

To get your dog into a lying position, you can use a treat as a draw. As you bring the treat to your dog’s nose, say “Down” and move it down towards the floor. When he lies down, reward him with the treat for staying in that position.

In order for this training to work, it is important that you do not try to sneak up on your dog when using the treat because if he catches sight of it he will be too eager for it and may jump up before putting himself into a lying position.


One of the most difficult behaviors for a dog to learn is how to lie down. It can take a lot of practice and repetition before your dog becomes comfortable with this command. However, if you start training him early in life (and make sure he’s rewarded every time he listens), then it should only be a matter of time before he knows exactly what “down” means!