There is something both cute and funny watching a dog drop “dead” on command. Not only is this a fantastic game for your dog to play, it can be a lot of fun to show off to your friends and family, especially if you use a cool command such as "bang bang!" or "Gotcha!" while making a "gun" out of your fingers. At the same time, it can also be useful as it teaches your dog to settle down lying on his side when he is getting restless.
Whether you simply want your dog to learn a new trick or want him to be the life of the party, it doesn't take long to train your dog to ‘drop dead’. It simply takes a bit of dedication, time, and, of course, plenty of treats. Like most forms of advanced skill training, your dog needs to have mastered the basic skills and be able to perform them successfully each time you ask him.
The concept of ‘dropping dead’ is very simple; your goal is to be able to give your dog the chosen command at which point your furry friend will either lay down on his side or back and pretend to be dead. It would be helpful if your dog already knows the ‘down’ command, as you are going to be asking him to behave in a similar way using a different command but with further expectations.
You can teach this trick to most dogs, no matter how old or young, as long as they have mastered the basic commands. The big thing to remember is that you must always use the same command and have the same expectations each time he performs the trick. It will take a while before he fully comprehends what is expected of him and learns to do so each time you ask him to play dead.
No matter what type of training exercises you have planned for your dog, there are a few things you need to have on hand before getting started. These include: