Get Down With Your Bad Self / M-7

Written By: Jim russell - Aug• 31•15

TACTICAL DOG TRAINING is back with more MILITARY WORKING DOG TRAINING. Today we are going to work on the DOWN COMMAND.

Introduce the command DOWN when the dog is in the heel and sit position. Give the hand gesture along with the verbal command.
Some dogs may resist the down position because it places them in an unnatural position where other dogs and handlers may pose a threat. Therefore, caution must be used since you can be bitten.

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DOWN GESTURE – HANDLER BESIDE DOG.

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(1) First, bend down and grasp the leash just above the snap or the choke chain below the snap to have enough space to push downward on the leash. Then while giving the DOWN command, apply pressure firmly toward the ground until the dog lies down. You are forcing the dogs head to the ground by pulling down on the leash and the body will follow.

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(2) With the dog in the down position, give verbal praise before returning yourself to a position of attention. Do not give excessive praise since it may excite the dog and cause it to break position.

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(3) The command STAY may be given before returning to the position of attention.

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(4) To place a resisting dog in the down position, kneel down and grasp the leash just above the snap with your left hand, and with your right arm behind the dog’s right front leg, grasp the left front leg about 6 inches above the pad, and push the legs forward until the dog is in the down position, while commanding DOWN.

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(5) After the dog learns the command but does not lie parallel, give the command SIT, and repeat the verbal and manual command DOWN.

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(6) To correct the dog in the down position, you should not move your left foot. This may confuse the dog since it has been taught to lie by your left side.

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(+) After the dog has learned the command DOWN, give the verbal command SIT and the heel gesture, and exert upward pressure on the leash toward your left shoulder with your right hand. Once the dog is in the correct sit position, praise it verbally and physically.

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(1) When you exert upward pressure on the leash, it may cause the dog to stand or assume another incorrect position. If the dog anticipates the command SIT, use the verbal reprimand NO and repeat the command STAY.

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(2) Exerting upward pressure on the leash is used as a training aid and should be discontinued when your dog starts to obey commands. Jerk upward on your leash to correct the dog after it has learned the command but fails to follow it.

 

*********** JIM RUSSELL’S TIPS AND TRAINING INFORMATION *****************************

(+) You should include a gesture only DOWN command for when you want the dog to respond without verbal prompt. You can simply wave your right hand starting above the dogs ears and down across its eye line and snout and eventually end by pointing to ground directly at dogs feet. The dog being on your left allows you to use your free right hand for the gesture, and your left hand can pull down on the leash. Practicing this movement along with a verbal command will eventually allow you to have dog drop down when you do the hand gesture without any verbal sound. Give it a try.

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(+) I want you to take in this information slowly as to allow you to absorb it into your memory.

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(+) I also want you to train using the Military Working Bucket and not on an actual dog. Go back and locate the MILITARY WORKING BUCKET article published back on Feb 2014. You can make your mistakes on the bucket or a table leg and not on an actual living animal.

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(+) Military handlers work with a trained dog when they first arrive at k9 basic training. You need to be proficient in this training before you touch an untrained dog. The Military Working Bucket technique will give you that ability.

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(+) Review the Russell’s rules of dog training article posted back on Feb 2014. The article will keep you on track with this training.

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(+) Please continue to look back and review the earlier lessons in this Military dog training instruction. It is presented in the order that is most productive to you and the dog learning this information.

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(+) You must have a strong foundation in creating a working dog. Go back and review all previous training information to keep it fresh in your memory. The greatest weapon the MILITARY DOG HANDLER has next to his MILITARY WORKING DOG is his brain. As you train and strengthen the dog, you also do the same to yourself.

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(+) This is information that you can use for a lifetime. You can train dog’s as a career anywhere in the world if need be. With a dog, language is not an issue. With enough time and dog’s you could create an army of k9 warriors. Once you wrap your mind around that fact, you will be begging to get this information loaded into your brain. I give you the information and it is up to you to do your part and learn it.

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(+) Next lesson will cover the STAY command. We talked about it in this lesson and it is next on the list of tools to put in your training toolbox.
TACTICAL DOG TRAINING is your go to place for INCREDIBLE DOG TRAINING TECHNOLOGY.

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