There is a major difference in the down stay and the long down. The down stay can only be taught AFTER the dog has learned to down on command. Teaching a dog to down on a voice command can take up to three weeks of working three sessions per day, every day.
Courtesy of Margot Woods, Applewoods Dog Training, Laurel, MD Applewoodsdogtraining.com
My owner and I go to obedience every week. He acts like we are going to go somewhere fun and then when we get to obedience class I can’t wrestle with my friends or sniff or anything. What is the point? I know how to sit. I didn’t mind this when I was a puppy but now I am six months old.
What can I do?
Signed, Frustrated In Florida.
Dogs are not as good as people in shedding excess heat. You should take general care during hot and summer weather that your dog does not get too hot. Make sure shade and water is available and that there is some fresh air. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A CAR on a hot day!! Cars heat up much quicker than you think and that one inch or so of open window will not help.