The down command is complicated, because the command is more submissive. During this command you will like to be relaxed and positive. Always remember during the training you need to feel good, happy and relax to achieve success.
Steps to teach them to “Down”:
- Find a treat that looks and smells tasty, keep it inside your hand, and keep your hand close.
- Hang your closed hand near their nose and let them sniff it. Once they start sniffing guide your hand down toward the floor.
- Once you guide them by dropping your hand to the ground and they follow to the down position. Say the word “Down” and give them the treat inside your hand. After the treat tell them “good job” in a happy mood.