dog lying on a blanket next to empty food bowl.Have you ever spilled the pet food all over the kitchen because your dog (or cat!) stuck his head in the bowl before it got onto the floor? If so, this exercise is for you. Work with your dog to sit or lie down until given a release cue. Eventually, you can start this behavior before you even get the food out and maintain a sit or down until the food is on the ground (and you have even taken a step or two away), but start slow. Ask for a sit or down as you hold the food bowl. Begin to gradually lower the bowl. If your dog stays in position longer than you expected, especially once he or she knows the food is coming, give the release cue.

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