Dogs who know how to lie down on command are far more welcome in public places and can be a lot more enjoyable to have at home. One thing to keep in mind, especially when you have a high-energy dog, it takes far more energy to stand up from the down position and most dogs will remain lying down on their own once they learn the command.
The command most people use to teach their dog to lie down is simply one word, "down" or depending on the situation "Go lie down". However, the latter is used mostly at home to get the dog to go somewhere else before he lies down. The most important thing to remember is that you are not just teaching your dog to lie down, you are teaching him a vital skill that will keep him out of trouble and out of the way of other people he is around. It is also a good command for him to know when you take him out in public places such as outdoor cafés and parks.
Teaching your dog to lie down from standing can be more difficult than teaching 'down' from a sitting position, when your dog is more likely to be focused and somewhat relaxed already. It can take several months of regular training sessions before your dog obeys the command every time you give it.
The big thing here is perseverance. Of all the things your dog needs to learn, being told to lie down is probably going to be one of his least favorite as it locks him in place until he is told to get up. While most dogs spend a large portion of their lives lying down, most don't really like being told they have to--in much the same way as a child doesn't want to be told to go take a nap. You can, of course, teach any age dog to do this, but the younger you start the faster your pup will learn.
How to potty train her
Hello Paul, Check out the Crate Training method from the article I have linked below. Since pup is a little older, you can add 20 minutes to the times listed in the article. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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How do I stop my dog from biting anything? She tends to be aggressive while playing with other dog
Hello! Here is information on nipping/biting. Nipping: Puppies may nip for a number of reasons. Nipping can be a means of energy release, getting attention, interacting and exploring their environment or it could be a habit that helps with teething. Whatever the cause, nipping can still be painful for the receiver, and it’s an action that pet parents want to curb. Some ways to stop biting before it becomes a real problem include: Using teething toys. Distracting with and redirecting your dog’s biting to safe and durable chew toys is one way to keep them from focusing their mouthy energies to an approved location and teach them what biting habits are acceptable. Making sure your dog is getting the proper amount of exercise. Exercise is huge. Different dogs have different exercise needs based on their breed and size, so check with your veterinarian to make sure that yours is getting the exercise they need. Dogs—and especially puppies—use their playtime to get out extra energy. With too much pent-up energy, your pup may resort to play biting. Having them expel their energy in positive ways - including both physical and mental exercise - will help mitigate extra nips. Being consistent. Training your dog takes patience, practice and consistency. With the right training techniques and commitment, your dog will learn what is preferred behavior. While sometimes it may be easier to let a little nipping activity go, be sure to remain consistent in your cues and redirection. That way, boundaries are clear to your dog. Using positive reinforcement. To establish preferred behaviors, use positive reinforcement when your dog exhibits the correct behavior. For instance, praise and treat your puppy when they listen to your cue to stop unwanted biting as well as when they choose an appropriate teething toy on their own. Saying “Ouch!” The next time your puppy becomes too exuberant and nips you, say “OUCH!” in a very shocked tone and immediately stop playing with them. Your puppy should learn - just as they did with their littermates - that their form of play has become unwanted. When they stop, ensure that you follow up with positive reinforcement by offering praise, treat and/or resuming play. Letting every interaction with your puppy be a learning opportunity. While there are moments of dedicated training time, every interaction with your dog can be used as a potential teaching moment.
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