As you start your puppy training session, put your puppy in the Sit position.
Hold a motivator to your puppy’s nose and let her smell it.
When she is really interested with what you have by licking or pawing at your hand, slowly lower your hand to the ground. Aim your fist between her front paws.
When your hand is on the ground and your puppy’s nose is also to the ground, her body will collapse to the ground.
Her chest must be touching the floor.
Once she is in the down position, say “Down,” and give her the motivator while she stays in this position.
Puppies are smart – they will learn it is to their advantage to get into the down position to get the reward.
If your dog resists the Down command during puppy training and stands back up, put her back in the Sit position and again work the Down command.
Initially when puppy training, it is far easier for pups to go into a down from a sit position rather than from a stand position.