Settle

Ideas for cues: “settle”, “chill out”, “relax”, “at ease”.

Step 1: Ask your dog to lie down or lure them into the position. Feed a couple of small treats to reinforce their position and then put a treat to their nose and bring it slowly down toward the outside of their elbow on either side. They should eventually pop over onto one hip (macaroni shape). If one hip doesn’t work, try the other. Some dogs are righties and some are lefties. Lure them as many times as you need to, in order to get this position. When you get this position 5x in a row, move on to Step 2. 

Step 2: Fade the lure. Lure with an empty hand, point to their elbow instead. When they pop over onto one hip, say “yes!” and then feed in position from your other hand or your pouch. When you achieve this 5x in a row, move on to step 3. 

Step 3: Name it! Choose a cue and say it before you point them into the position. Only name it if they are readily going over onto one hip. 

Caution: Popping over onto one hip can be challenging for some dogs as they may be committed to the sphynx position, but over time we can mould them into this. Be patient and avoid pushing them over into this position – you want it to be natural for them and comfortable too.