Training video: ‘Drop’ command

This clip features Justin Jordan and Red, the Queensland Rugby Union junior mascot.

Drop command

Teaching your puppy to lie down (drop)

  1. Work in a calm, quiet environment without distractions (in the initial stages)
  2. Find a motivator that your dog responds to, such as a food reward, a squeaky toy, praise, or clicker (I am using liver treats here.)
  3. Have the dog begin in a sitting position, and stand or kneel side on to your dog.
  4. Hold the reward between your fingers and show your flat palm to the dog.
  5. Slowly move your hand from in front of the dog’s nose straight down to the floor near their front toes.
  6. Reward your dog when his chest hits the floor!

If the dog doesn’t respond, ensure that you are in a distraction-free environment and using a reward which the dog really wants.

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