It is a truism to say that the dog is largely what his master makes of him: he can be savage and dangerous, untrustworthy, cringing and fearful; or he can be faithful and loyal, courageous and the best of companions and allies.
– Sir Ranulph Fiennes
WHAT IS SETTLE DOWN?
Settle down is a tool we use to help keep puppies calm and quiet. This position allows our puppies to become accustomed to touch and restraint and allow owners to be in control or to bring down the energy level when needed. The goal is to teach our puppies that we are in charge and that when we want them to settle down, it is time to listen.
WHEN DO WE USE SETTLE DOWN?
Settle down can be used almost anywhere when needed. It can be used at home when our puppies become overexcited or are not listening, in public when greeting new people/puppies, in exciting situations, or anytime they need to be examined, like at the groomer or vet.
HOW DO WE DO SETTLE DOWN?
Place your puppy in either sternal or lateral recumbency (on their belly or side). Hold them in this position, even if they are fighting to get up. Do not allow them to “win” by letting them get up. Fighting or crying can be normal, it will not hurt them when done properly. For our big guys, we may even need to straddle them to prevent them from getting up. They can be released once they are in a calm state and only when you say so!