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my 10 month old shepherd doesnt have good form when lying down. its like a lazy sit but its a lazy lie down? how do i fix this?!?? when i tell him to sit he does it correctly. no lazy sits. but when he goes from a sit to a lie down he suddenly swings his hips to the side and lays down. any tips?
 

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That's actually better that he moves his his hips to one side to lay down , because then he is less likely to pop back up if you are doing a down stay. If you want him to lay proper than I'd teach him between a wall and a chair or something blocking so he is discouraged to go on one side of his hips. Hope that helps

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I've basically defined both types of down for Tank.

"Down" is used when I want him to use the correct form.

"Break" is used when I want him to do the lazy hips down. Usually we'll use that when we're playing fetch and I feel he needs to take a breather because he won't do it on his own, or when we're watching TV in the house, or just anywhere where a proper sit isn't absolutely necessary.

I don't have him at 100% yet, more like 90%, but we're working on it.
 

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I encourage my dog to drop his hips so hes more motivated to stay when i tell him but I've also taught him to roll back into a proper down as well when told. He always does the lazy lay first though.

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I've basically defined both types of down for Tank.

"Down" is used when I want him to use the correct form.

"Break" is used when I want him to do the lazy hips down. Usually we'll use that when we're playing fetch and I feel he needs to take a breather because he won't do it on his own, or when we're watching TV in the house, or just anywhere where a proper sit isn't absolutely necessary.

I don't have him at 100% yet, more like 90%, but we're working on it.

Very interesting, I'll have to tell my daughter this as Nita does a lazy down sometimes too.
 
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