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Yep, it takes time to teach your puppy a good down-stay. Your puppy is not born knowing how to perform a “down” or a “stay” let alone both at the same time. Sorry, we’re not going to teach you how to train your puppy to down-stay today. Instead here are some more advanced tips on how to perfect that down-stay.
3 Tips To Help Perfect Your Puppy’s Down-Stay
See the picture above. Can you guess the order of age in the picture? If you said the closest puppy (yellow Lab) is Adelle 1 year old, Stetson in the middle is 7 years old and Linus in the back is 9 years old then I’d say you’re either my mother or you’ve been following the blog very closely, thank you!
- Adelle is the youngest and least experienced so I keep the distance shortest in her down-stay.
- Stetson is second because he’s older and more experienced.
- Linus is our old timer and most experienced pup so we trust him from a far distance.
Tip: When you first start working on your down-stays keep the distance between you and your puppy very short (we are directly in front of our puppy not more than a few inches when we first start down-stays with our 7-8 week old pups). Start increasing the distance as your puppy gets older and more experienced.
If you look at the above picture can you imagine how it was shot? If you said I put Linus in a down-stay then put Stetson in a down-stay then put Adelle in a down-stay and finally took a few steps back and snapped a picture then you’re 2 for 2…get out of my head! 🙂
Tip: The second big component when working on down-stay is time. Again it’s just like distance. You want to start off with a very short period of time. As your puppy gets more experienced start increasing the time. We start training our puppies when they are 7-8 weeks old. Needless to say when our puppies are this young we only expect maybe a 5-10 second down-stay and increase from there.
3. DISTANCE + TIME
Once you get the basic down-stay working I’m sure if you’re like me you want to jump ahead and have your puppy in a down-stay for 5 minutes from a distance of 20 yards! Not a good idea…
Tip: When working on your distance and time I’d suggest you work on increasing either one or the other, but don’t try to jump ahead and increase both distance and time in one training session. Your puppy might very well be a superstar and be successful every time on his first try, but if your pup happens to fail it could set you back on your training. Be patient and work on one thing at a time.
That’s it! I hope those few tips help you perfect your puppy’s down-stay. I’m sure there are tons of other things we can do to help our puppies with their training. Do you have any tips on how to perfect a puppy’s down-stay? If so, tell us your tips in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by!
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