A lying position is normal for a dog when it rests. It is important to teach her not to lie in an arbitrary relaxed position, but in the pose of a sphinx.
There are several ways to teach a dog to lie down.. The starting position of the dog is sessile. The method we recommend is to gently take the dog by the front paws without the use of force to pull them forward so that the dog assumes a recumbent position.
Another way for the breed of dogs with independent character, not loving when they are touched, is to push the leash under the dog's paws, forcing her to lower her head in this way. Before you give the dog the right position, you must give the command to lie! If the dog falls back on its side or takes a relaxed posture, return it with your hands to the desired position, talking to it in a pleading tone. And stroke her as soon as she takes the Sphinx pose. Both teams Sit! and lie down! can be given from afar.
Let's start with a distance of one or two steps, and gradually we will increase it. As soon as the dog fully masters the meaning of the Lie! Command, we will begin to combine it with the command Place! Which she already knows. Having given her the command to stay in place, we will begin to move away. It is necessary to observe the principle of gradualness. At first, the distance should not exceed 4-5 steps. But in the end it should be 40 steps or more.
If the dog tries to follow us, give it the command "Phew! Place!" and return to the desired position in a couple of steps behind the place where it was previously. Due to this, the dog will understand that when he gets up, he achieves the opposite result, that is, he does not approach the owner, but leaves him. During the first lessons we will stop facing the dog in order to control its every movement. Then we will begin to stop back to the dog, but turning his face in her direction.
Finally, completely stop turning around. Good results can be achieved no earlier than 15-20 days after the start of the exercises. It is advisable, however, not to load the dog heavily with this exercise in one day in order not to turn it into a coercion.