Step 6: Drop the hand signal

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With your dog in a seated or standing position, say “down” in a gentle voice, freeze and wait. Your arms should remain still or behind your back.

As soon as your dog’s belly hits the ground, say “yes!” (or click) and feed a treat from your pouch while they are still in the down position.

If your dog stands up after the mark and before you have a chance to feed the treat, simply lure them back into the down position to release the food. 

You can toss a treat away to reset. 

Repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 repetitions.