Dog games for kids: teach your dog to lie down
A dog is a great family pet, and a well-trained dog who knows his place in the family pack is essential for everyone's happiness and safety. With these dog training tips, your kids can teach your dog to lie down in just 10 minutes every night.
What you need:
- 1 dog
- A fistful of delicious dog treats (don't offer boring things like kibble, try pieces of dried liver, barbecue chicken or chopped up frankfurt)
- A willingness to practise often for short periods of time
Henry the dog can do lots of tricks. Check out our video to see his tricks. Then try starting your dog on 'sit' and 'lie down' before moving on to Henry's repertoire./p>
"Down" is a fairly easy progression from "SIT". Once your dog is sitting, take a treat in your hand (with your palm facing down this time) and hold it in front of your dog’s nose.
Slowly lower the treat to the floor and his nose should follow. If he does not automatically lie down, try moving the treat slowly away from him along the ground. Like with any dog training, you need to be patient.
Say “DOWN” and wait for him to work it out. As soon as he hits the ground, remember to be very enthusiastic with your “GOOOOOOOD!!” and give him the treat.
Once your dog has it mastered, you will not need the treat in your hand you can just say “DOWN” and use the same palm facing down hand motion to the floor.
Hints and tips:
- Soft treats are best. Anything hard and crunchy takes too long for the dog to munch and by the time they’ve finished, they’ve forgotten what they did to earn the treat. So go with pieces of dried liver, cooked meat or small bits of frankfurt.
- If you are going to teach your dog “DOWN” as the command to lie down, you must make sure that you use a different word like “OFF” for when you want him to get down from the couch or stop jumping up. Otherwise he will get confused. Dogs don’t speak much English and it’s hard to explain to them that “DOWN” can have many meanings.
- Teaching your dog to lie down is a good starting point for more complex tricks like "roll over" and "play dead". To teach your dog "roll over" and "play dead" like Henry, you may need some more expert advice. This how-to video on youtube is a good resource if your kids are now keen on the dog training caper.
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video.
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