Features September 2015 Issue

Teach Your Dog To Settle Down

The goal: A dog who has learned to settle himself down on cue, and who will calmly wait for his next opportunity for attention from you (instead of demanding it).

Teach Your Dog To Settle Down

How to teach your dog to settle down and relax on cue in a few simple steps.

Sit. Target. Go out. Jump. Fetch. Roll over. Turn on the light. Close the door. In sharp contrast to the rigid, behavior-suppressing training methods of days gone by, we in the modern, positive reinforcement-based training world take great pride in our ability to get our dogs to do lots of stuff. Fun stuff. Creative stuff. In our zeal to teach behaviors and encourage our dogs to offer behaviors, we sometimes overlook the importance of being able to ask our dogs to turn it off, settle down, and relax. That can be a serious oversight.

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