Sit, stay, and lay down are three of the most basic commands in the world of dog training. So it may surprise you that some pooches have never got these standard tricks down. “Lay down” can be especially magical, as it has the power to flatten a rambunctious pupper in milliseconds. But if you've opened your home to an older canine who was never taught this staple, your life might get a bit frustrating.
In general, “lay down” is a pretty simple concept for a dog to learn. That being said, some mature canines are exceptionally stubborn. You may need to be a bit more persistent with an old pooch. Some puppies-at-heart will be able to catch on to this command in no time, while others may put up some resistance.
The goal is to be able to get your doggo to lay still on his belly for as long as you need him there. This command can be great for keeping your mutt calm when people arrive at your home. It can also be a safety measure, convincing a dog to stay out of harm's way.
Teaching your old boy or gal to lay down isn't too complicated. To be successful, you might want to have:
Please, please double check with your vet before coaxing your pooch to lie down. Some older dogs suffer from ailments that prevent this basic movement. It would be cruel to force an aged fur buddy to learn a truck that really hurts them.
Below are some of the most effective methods for teaching any dog to lay down. Remember, older dogs may need a bit more convincing, and gentler handling so as to not aggravate aches and pains.
First thing if you could help identify the breed of him that would be great. But to ask you the real question is how do I stop him from bully my other dogs. He’s a new dog we took in and he’s making the environment for our other dogs hostile. One dog refuses to eat when he’s around. He plays rough and when told to stop chasing a cat or play rough he’ll do it but then go back and do it again and it’ll become an endless cycle.
Hello James, From looking at Louie I would guess that he may have a combination of Corgi, either Pit Bull or Staffordshire Terrier, and something smaller, such as Boston Terrier. You can purchase genetic tests that will take a simple sample of your dog's DNA, such as a saliva or hair sample, and analyze it to determine breed combination. Doing a genetic test may help you better understand if any of the characteristics that he is exhibiting are breed related. To help with the bullying, I would advise you to practice obedience training with Louie very regularly to build trust and respect towards you, and to establish that you are the one who makes the rules in the house and not one of the dogs. I would also have Louie work for his food and other rewards; rewards such as going on walks and receiving pets by requiring him to do something such as sit, wait, lay down, or a perform a trick first. This should also help with the listening. It is extremely important that you are consistent and that you ensure that he follows through whenever you tell him to do something. If you are inconsistent he will learn that he does not always have to obey. You can also work on training the commands "Leave It", "Out", and "Settle". You can then use these commands to clearly communicate to him when he needs to leave another dog or other dog's item alone, when he needs to get out of another dog's personal space, and when he should be laying down calmly out of the way. The settle command can be especially useful when he is having a hard time listening and obeying. It will give him something clear to do that will keep him out of trouble when he is struggling to choose good behavior. If his behavior seems to be fear related, you can pair the presence of the other dog with a reward. Rewarding him only when the other dog is nearby or is receiving something that Louie would like, such as affection from you. Then Louie will begin to look forward to the presence of the other dog and feel less jealous. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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