OOPs forgot to say when training clarity is important.
What is a 'down'
Cause for me, a 'down' is an elbows on the ground and flat.
That puppy is in a down.
When I want my puppy to stop jumping on me, or getting up on the counter, I do NOT want (or care) if my dog then does a 'down'. I want him off and/or away.
So if I have two completely different meanings for exactly the same word, I know I'm just adding more confusion do a puppy who already doesn't understand most of what I trying to communicate.
The command I use for getting my dog off the counter and off of me is, well it's 'Off' . NOT 'down'. So it's 'off' the counter, and 'off' of me, and 'off' the sofa.