My Dog Lays Down When She’s in a Sit Command Whenever I Walk Away

QUESTION: I'm on day one of training. My 5-year-old Puggle knows the basic Sit, Down, and Stay commands, but I have a question relating to Sit. Whenever I place my dog in a sit position and then tell her to stay, she lays down as I walk away from her. Is this ok? That is, [...]

Is There a Word I Can Use When My Dog is About to Break a Command?

QUESTION: I was just wondering... Is there a "between" word to use when your dog is about to do something wrong? I was watching my dog’s body language and I knew he was about to get up. I was wanting to say something to warn him, to kind of remind him what he should be [...]

My Dog Refuses to Get Up Out of the Down Command When I Release Him

QUESTION: My dog does the Down command really well. However, when I clap and say ok to release him, he sometimes refuses to get up. He just stays laying down even though I’ve told him he can get up. Should I give him a Come command when he does this? Is he getting his way, [...]

How Long For Training Sessions? When Should I Remove The Muzzle?

QUESTION: Hello Don. I’m on Day #2 of the down command. Day #1 was horrible. My dog was biting (he's just a little ol' thing, but it hurt!). I never got a compliant down command from him that day. I followed the advice on your DVDs regarding aggressive dogs and on Day #2 I muzzled [...]

Whenever I Give The “Sit” Command My Dog Lays Down

QUESTION: My dog tends to lay down whenever I give him a “Sit” command. What should I do?   ANSWER: There are a variety of things I would say about this: 1) First review the two different lessons to make sure you have followed the proper techniques for teaching the two different commands. The problem [...]

What To Do If Your Dog Keeps Sitting Up During a “Down” Command.

The “Down” command is the most important of all commands to establish because it’s the position of most humility. When studying the dynamics of a dog pack, you’ll notice that the dog that lies down and even rolls over in front of another dog is the more submissive one. So, training your dog to willingly [...]

How Do We Stop Our Dog From Doing “Down” Commands Under Our Legs?

QUESTION: We just recently started your Perfect Dog program (about 3 days now). We are working with two dogs and we're struggling with the "Down" command. The youngest dog (about 6 months) wants to be constantly under our feet regardless of how much length of line we allow her. We can't get a reasonable distance [...]