This may not be the most practical, but it’s a cute trick that can you add to the list.
👉 Take a treat, sit on the floor, lay the dog in front of you and instruct her to stay. If she often puts her head down when she has nothing to do, it’s enough to just wait.
👉 As soon as she puts your head down click / praise and give her a treat. If she doesn’t usually put her head down, try to lure her lower and lower with a treat.
👉 Pull your hand down in front of her nose and reward the small steps, much similarly to how you did it when teaching her to lie down. As she moves forward with her body, tell her – gently – to “stay”.
👉 If she already understands the task, attach a command word to it, e.g. “Rest”.
👉You may also want to try telling her to lie down several times in a row. More diligent puppies tend to put their heads down at this point so they can “lie down even better” when you ask them to.
👉 If you teach with guidance and she moves towards your hand, don’t tell her off, as that was the expectation before if your practiced crawling, so understandably this might be deceiving. In a calm voice, instruct her to stay and continue.
👉You may want to use a clicker for the task so that you can confirm the required movement as quickly and as accurately as possible – that is, the lowering of the head.
👉 Gradually move away from her and straighten up.