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Short funny story. I've trained Cala for a down on ... away now, but I see it, I can take it!"

hehehe...this is what Bodhi does with herding. "Hey! I can see the sheep, wait, I hafta lie down......okay, now??" ... better calm yourself down just a tad or you're going back in the car" look) he will instantly lie down.

Well people were giving me these strange looks as I kept hauling her up and trust me she was like a boneless toddler "noo, I don't wanna get up, I wanna lie down so I can get to GO!!" But it's actually one of the most useful things I've ever taught her that to get what she wants she has to lie down and be calm.
Well people were giving me these strange looks as I kept hauling her up and trust me she was like a ... most useful things I've ever taught her that to get what she wants she has to lie down and be calm.

Trust me, I know what you mean. However, when you're doing a recall at an obedience fun match, you don't want your dog to come running full blast, do a quick sit-front, then lie down into a boneless lump. Sometimes, the quick flat down is his default behavior, he does it if
he's not always sure of himself, or of what I want from him. (That was just about an 'Ah-ha'! moment right there, except I already sort of knew it...) He'll do it while working contacts, and he's done it at the bottom of the a-frame a few times.
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He'll do it while working contacts, and he's done it
at the bottom of the a-frame a few times.

It IS Cala's contact behavior, so I want her to do it on the contacts. In fact, the only down she knows is the one where she must also lay her head flat on the floor. At some point I want to teach her a different command for just relaxing and leaving her head up.