pitbullmamaliz wrote:You know, the rest of the evening she's been just looking at me with these baleful, guilt-inducing eyes, but not leaving my side. She's acting exhausted! Quite frankly, I think it was harder for me than for her!
pitbullmamaliz wrote:OMG she actually whined last night during her down. Not an annoying continual whine, but just a couple heart-breaking "mother I'm in pain" whines. That was tough. *shudder*
Maryellen wrote:i personally feel that the down should be taught for all types of situations, whether regular or emergency.. not many dogs like to do down, as its a submissive position.. to hold the leash on your foot while the dog is down is just another way to teach the down position. some dogs just dont like doing it, so you help them with staying down while teaching it. i used this method on my gsd during obedience training as she was super stubborn. now, when we go to the vets with any of my dogs, i have them down at the vets office and put them in a down/stay.. except for rufus, he sit/stays inthe chair... i use the down for various situations at home, out, anywhere .. its not necessarily a dominance down, i just say its a down, and the foot on the leash just helps to teach the down to some dogs that dont understand the down yet..
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