On Your Mark

On Your Mark is a cute trick, a nice exercise in self-control and a fun way to get a dog excited about play
Dog Exercise - On Your Mark(as if you dog needed a reason, right?)

There are three parts to the trick. Teach each part a little at a time–several few days on one part until your dog has it down pat.

  1. On Your Mark. Teach your dog to lie down when you say “On your mark.”
  2. Get Set. Here you want your dog to do what is called a “play bow”. Use training exercises like Take A Bow to teach this.
  3. Go. This is pretty easy. As soon as you say it, start running.

This is a fine trick incorporate at the beginning of other games too.

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