Train Dog to Stay / Down with distractions
Practicing Stay + "Down" with distractions. All of the teams should be moving around and intermingling in an unorganized manner with theat "Heel." At a command from the course instructor, all of the would be given the "Down" command. Be sure to have a distance of about three meters between the . The dog trainers should be standing next to their .Some "extras" should then move throughout the group of with props that call attention. For example one person could have a briefcase while another a shopping basket and a third carrying an umbrella while eating a sandwich. All of the must stay in position throughout this exercise.
Practicing "Down" with an alley. All of the teams should form a circle looking out. Then the dog trainers give the command "Down" and leaving their dog walk about three meters in front of their dog. The space between the dog trainer and their dog is the "alley." One by one the dog trainers should approach theirand beginning in the Starting position they would then walk as a team through the "alley" before returning to their original spot, to be followed by the next team. All of the should remain in position while this exercise is taking place.
Practicing "Down" in a line. All of the teams stand in a straight line side by side with theon their . At the signal of the course instructor all of the dog trainers begin walking forward with their all at the same time. On command each dog should lie down (the dog trainer always remains with the dog) one after the other. The other teams should continue walking forward in a straight line. It is important that the lie down quickly. The course instructor can give the "Down" command beginning with the first dog on the left or right and moving in a consecutive manner or they could give the command at random. Once all of the are down the process is reversed with the first dog that stopped moving forward until they are at the same point as the second team etc. until all of the teams are once again moving together.