Step 1: Lure the down

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Option 1: Lure from a sit

With your dog in a seated position, bring a treat from their nose (palm down) slowly moving the treat down towards the floor and close to their chest, landing between their two front paws.

Keep the treat lure close to your dog’s nose—if you move your hand up too quickly or too far away from their mouth, they may jump up, back up, or give up.

As soon as your dog’s belly hits the ground, say “yes!” (or click) and release the treat for them to eat while they are still in the down position. 

Option 2: Lure from a stand

With your dog in a standing position, bring a treat from their nose (palm down) slowly moving the treat down towards the floor and close to their chest, landing between their two front paws.

Keep the treat lure close to your dog’s nose—if you move your hand up too quickly or too far away from their mouth, they may jump up, back up, or give up.

As soon as your dog’s belly hits the ground, say “yes!” (or click) and release the treat for them to eat while they are still in the down position. 

You can toss a treat away to reset. 

Note: If your dog pops up, play-bows, backs up, or remains sitting or standing, mark and treat for a lowered head, bent elbows, or a half-down for this round.

Repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 repetitions.