Teaching your dog to lie down and stay in that position until you say otherwise is useful for lots of things, such as when the vet wants to check him over, for grooming and for just having him lie quietly while you are occupied with something else.
Teaching The 'Down' Command
Lie and stay
If all goes well, try extending the down exercise into a stay. Step away from your dog, saying 'stay' as you do so. Wait for a couple of seconds, go back to him and reward him. Gradually increase the distance between you and your dog as you command the stay.
Getting your dog to sit up and then stand from a lying position is quite easy. Simply put a treat under his nose and raise it above his head, simultaneously saying 'sit' or 'stand', Reward him for the desired response with a treat and praise.
Practice all three exercises until your dog understands each one. Then request a sit, a down and a stay, and reward him when he does the required action. Finally, request all of these and then a stand after the stay, then reward. This usually turns out to be a game that a dog enjoys.
Warm Reminder and Advice
Instant reward and lots of confidence giving praise is essential when teaching the clown exercise because clogs feel vulnerable in a lying position.