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I was just curious on how to teach my dog these things...... I tried to teach my dog down today and pulled her front legs down foward, but i'm not sure if this is the rigth way to go about this. Also once i do get to teach her down. HOw would i go about teaching her roll over?
 

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Well when I was w/ the trainer working w/ Sam he said she should be put into the sit position first then u tell her to lay. What I did was I held a treat 'down' so she had to lay down to get it, pretty soon she was doing it on command w/out a treat. I don't 'think' gently walking her legs down is wrong but I'm sure more people w/ more experience will chime in soon enough...

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I'm trying to remember how I got Heaven to roll over. I think once I got her to lie down, I held the treat and waved it over her body, so she naturally followed it. Once she got to the other side, I let her have the treat, all while saying "roll over." She caught on after a day or so.
 

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For down, I would start in a sit position. One trainer had me in front with the treat being offered progressively closer to the ground, NEVER repeat your commands. That didn't work for Harley. She did better starting in a sit, with me on her left. I'd kneel, give the command (this is after she knew what I wanted) and reach across her back with my left hand, and slide her forepaws out gently, when she's down say Yes, down. good girl whatever. I also usee hand signals with every command. I point to the ground for down. Personally, I would master down before roll over, it's a much more useful command IMO. I use down to reinforce my alfa position (the long down), when greeting small children (very non-threatening, can't jump on anyone, not that she would), and during dinner. It's also effective while waiting at the vet & I could go on & on really. Wait is the other command I use ALL THE TIME.
 

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Cool thx for the info. I will try the method today. I have a really good feeling it will work. But how will I get her to roll over... :?:
 
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