By Lauren Tobin | Updated: Mar 31 2019
As we talked about in our previous blog, “Stand” is a SUPER useful command. Since you’ve mastered (or maybe not ‘mastered’, maybe ‘achieved’…..) the Sit to Stand, let’s move on to “Down to Stand”.
Down is probably one of the most used commands we teach our dogs, and it’s also the one that we find most people teach incorrectly. We prefer that dogs can down from both a stand position AND a sit position, and when I first teach it to puppies, I like them to be in a stand. That way, when the dog hears the command “DOWN”, he’ll understand that he needs to fold into the down and ‘hit the deck’ without sitting first.
And as far as strengthening your dog’s body, the “Down to Stand” exercise is high on our list of favorites. It teaches your dog (adult, puppy or senior dog) not only how to down properly, but also teaches the “Stand” command quickly and easily. Also, taught this way, it creates a full body workout which will engage your dog’s core, rear and front limbs.
To make sure your dog is getting the proper workout, it’s imperative that your dog doesn’t move his front or rear feet while moving from the down to stand (and vice versa).
If your dog keeps moving his front feet, place an object in front of him (chair, pole, etc). You can even go outside and stand on the edge of the curb. That way, if the dog steps forward, they step off the curb!
You’ll need 2 objects for this challenge. You can use couch cushions, phone books, folded up beach towels, blankets, or folding chairs. Start with something lower, and when your dog is confident, you can add some height:
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Lauren has her Animal Sciences degree from Penn State University. During college, she worked with both domestic and wild animals, and volunteered at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for 4 years of college and even interned at Central Park Zoo. She is a Certified Dog Trainer from IACP and is a Certified Canine Athlete Advisor for Canine Conditioning. She also holds her CGC/CGCA Evaluator for the AKC.