The first thing you need to do when teaching your dog to lie down and stay is to make sure they are comfortable with it. You may want to take them out for some exercise or play time before doing so. If they don’t like being petted while lying down, then you will have to start over again. Also remember that your dog needs time to get used to everything before trying it out for real. They might not immediately fall asleep right away, but eventually they will. Once your dog is ready to go, you can begin.
Step 1: Get Them Used To Being Petted While Lying Down
If possible, try to get them into a position where they won’t feel any pain from their neck area if you accidentally hit them with something hard (like a car door). Try to get them in a position where they can still move around without having to bend over.
A good way to do this is to put one hand behind their back and place the other arm around their waist. Make sure you keep your arms straight and don’t let them pull away from you.
Once your dog is laying down on a soft surface, use your free hand to gently pat their belly, which should cause them to perk up at least slightly. Do this a few times until they get used to it, then start patting their sides and chest.
If your dog seems uncomfortable you can skip to the next step.
Step 2: Wait Until They’re Asleep Then Slowly Move Their Head To The Side
This next step is very important so make sure you have their full attention before doing this. Once they are asleep, slowly move their head to the side.
Start off slow then increase the speed at which you do it. Do not do this too hard or else they might get a neck injury. Eventually, their head will end up on one side and their legs on the other. At this point, you should keep your hand on their head so that they don’t end up falling over.
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