Step 2a: Build a touch of duration

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Step 2: While your dog is in their down position, stand still and face them. Say “Stay” and show your dog the “stop sign” hand signal. Count to 3 seconds (3-Mississippi) and, if they’re still lying down, click or say “YES!” Reward from your treat pouch or from behind your back in that “down” position. Repeat this 3x while your dog maintains that position. Give your release cue and let them move away for 10 seconds or so. Now you’re ready to add distractions.