:Have your dog on his leash. Begin with your dog in his sitting position
Step 2: Hold
a treat in between your thumb and index fingers in front of your dog's nose. Slowly move the treat downwards and hold
it in between his paws.
Step 3: As your dog's nose follows the treat, move
the treat forward from his paws.
Step 4: your dog will lay down to get to
the treat. The very second he lays down, say the word "DOWN" and give him the treat.
Method 2: (Great for dogs with shorter legs)
Dogs with shorter legs
be taught the opposite way.
Step 1: Have your dog in sit position, on leash.
Step 2: Hold a treat in your hand and move the treat towards your dog's chest.
At the same time, put your hand on your dog's back and gently have them "slide" into a down.
This method doesn't
work for larger breeds (because larger dog's backs are diagnol when sitting) but for doxies are backs pretty much
stay straight. So the "push" makes the front leg of a dog with shorter legs slide from underneath them
2 is provided by a Doxie, edited by Mini