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    You're dead

    Hi all,



    How do you train your dog to play dead? I am trying to train a friends dog but he will roll on his side and then flip right back on his belly. How can I make him stay on his side? He is VERY energetic.

    Thank you!
    I do a podcast about pets with my sister called: FurBalls & DogBones - A great resource for all things pets!
    Help all the pets you can!

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    I'm not sure furballs...maybe some one else knows?

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    Haven't thought of that either

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    You should put your hand palm down over his head when he's on his side and firmly tell him, 'noooooo.....play dead'. Don't put a question mark after your command, make it clear that it's what you want him to do.

    He may move his eyes around with excitement, but should not be allowed to lift his head. If needed, gently touch the side of his muzzle so he gets the idea. When he holds the proper pose without you touching him for several seconds, then release him with an okay command of your choice, and praise and give tiny treat. Only release and give treat when he does it properly.

    With some repetition, he should get to know the Play Dead command and what he needs to do to please you. Make lessons short, only once or twice so it stays fun for him, but it can be done several times a day until it's perfected. Good luck!

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    Great Alpha! Thanks!
    I do a podcast about pets with my sister called: FurBalls & DogBones - A great resource for all things pets!
    Help all the pets you can!

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