Step 7: Take it on the road

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Take it on the road! You may have to start from scratch in a new environment but the steps will go a LOT faster as your dog already knows them, but not how to apply it to different environments. Alternate your use of the silent hand signal and the verbal cue without a hand signal. It’s ideal to have a dog who will respond to both independently!

Some situations in which to practice:

Remember: “down” is a vulnerable position and dogs will often refuse to lie down if they are feeling vulnerable. Never force a dog to lie down.