Criteria is belly on the ground


  • Guide from eye level slowly down, close to chest to the ground then slowly creep the reinforcer forward.

  • When to move on? 85% success


  • After 85% accuracy, pair with hand signal and verbal command

  • Hand signal is more important than verbal

  • Transition to guiding with the signal hand and treating with the other hand


  • Ask for “down” using verbal and visual cue together

  • Wait 15 seconds and reinforce when criteria is met

  • If dog is confused or needs “help” you can add minimal guide back in

  • Start testing pup on only verbal and/or only visual.


Potential Difficulties

  • Dog pops up from ground immediately as you are giving reinforcer

  • As soon as dog pops up you withdraw reinforcer and reset behavior

  • Reinforcer is only given with belly on the floor

  • Dog bolts or jukes away from you

  • Use leash to limit chase game

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