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This photo of Tuxedo was taken at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The blue pools in the background are rare occurrences of water collecting between the dunes. This shot really shows us why Tuxedo got his name!

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Basic Training Commands –
The Down Command

This command is used to get your dog to lay down flat on her stomach (not the same as playing dead – we'll cover that one in the Chapter 6). It's a good move to go to after your dog gets the hang of the Sit. Its purpose is pretty much the same as the Sit, but it helps get your dog used to learning different commands. If you spend too much time working on the Sit, your dog will start to think everything you say means "Sit" (the old "one trick pony" syndrome).

This command involves a little technique known as "luring." We used this in the first Sit exercise as well. It's basically when you get your dog to move the way you want by moving the treat. Remember: her head will follow her nose, and the rest of her body will follow her head.

  1. Start by getting your dog into the Sit position.

  2. Take a treat and hold it in front of your dog. This time, you're going to move it downwards, from in front of her face to down between her paws.

  3. As you do this, your dog should naturally start to follow the treat down by lowering her head. As you bring the treat to the ground, her body should touch the floor.

  4. When her stomach touches the floor, say your marker word and feed the treat.

You may find at first that her whole body doesn't come right down – she'll just bend her head down. That's fine for starters – still praise and give her the treat. Once she starts getting the hang of that, up the stakes a bit and only give her the treat once she comes right to the ground. Again, as with the Sit, if this luring technique doesn't work on its own you can use your free hand to gently push her back downwards.

Next time: Basic Training Commands – About Wait and Stay

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