Kate Jackson, Certified Dog Trainer: Teaching your dog to down is a really valuable exercise, particularly if you need your dog to stay in one place for a long period of time. Down is a lot more comfortable than a sit. To start have your dog in a sit and get down onto their level. You going to have a treat in your right hand which you're not going to let them have-left hand on their shoulder, and in slow motion take the treat to the ground. Once they're on the ground.Yes!. Yes, then give them a treat as soon as they lay down flat. Ok. Good Boy. Good Boy. Increase the amount of time between asking your dog to down and the release. This is a really good preparation for the stay command. For the One Minute Trainer, I'm Kate Jackson.