Clicker training your dog is easy, rewarding for your dog, and fun to do. Teaching your dog ‘down’ with a clicker requires a bit of patience and lots of repetition. 'Down' is a command you will often use when you need your dog to be respectful of company in your home or when you would like your dog to be respectful of her space when people are around. 'Down' is a good command to use when you are settling down for relaxation time with your family or when you are sitting down to have a meal.
Using the clicker method to teach your dog down can be easier if your dog knows the clicker 'sit' command first. Though the down command can be done on its own, it is often a two-step command with 'sit' coming first. 'Down' is a command you may find yourself often using to keep your dog well-mannered, well-behaved, respectful, and out of the way and calm while socializing.
Down is a relaxing position. This command will tell your dog to settle down, lie down, and calm down. This natural position puts your dog in a place where their demeanor is calm and gentle. Once your dog knows the 'down' command, you can use it when something exciting happens like your doorbell rings or when someone wants to pet your dog. 'Down' will keep him in a calm and relaxed position, letting him know not only is he safe, but the person interested in petting him is safe as well. 'Down' can be used to remind your dog it is time to settle in for the night and 'down' can be used to include your dog in social or family gatherings while keeping him calm.
To teach your dog down with a clicker you will need the following:
It might be helpful to use special treats only used for training with your dog. This will make these courses more enticing for your dog if he knows he is getting a special treat. Also, you might want to keep the training session under fifteen minutes. Though you can do sessions several times a day, keeping sessions short will be more fun for you both and keep your dog engaged.
Be sure whichever method you use, not to punish your dog in any way. Clicker training is reward-based, so expect to reward good behavior and learning with clicks and treats. Your dog will begin to associate the sound of the click with good behavior as a reward.