Beau and I practice “down” a lot. Down on walks, down while he waits for his food, down while I need a moment, and so on. He is good at it both on the verbal command and on the hand signal. We still practice and practice and practice and practice.
All that practice set us up nicely for our most recent obedience class. We practiced ‘down for duration’ for 15 minutes. Beau was between a PWD (I think) and a Border Collie, both of whom are wiggly frenetic females so I had no guarantee that Beau would stay for the whole time.
He did well although he broke once, at 9 minutes and 57 seconds (yes, I was timing), and when I gave a verbal “no – down” he went right back down for the remainder of the time. Overall, not bad. The photos below give you a sense of how hard he tried to stay put. What a good boy!
Thanks for stopping by! Next week, we will give a recap of our first nose work class. Have a great week and we’ll “see” you soon!