Keep it Simple
Training our dogs may not be easy at times, but it certainly can be kept simple. Recently, I have worked with a few owners who coincidentally instructed their dogs to go “up” from a Down position in order to achieve a Sit position.
We are so used to placing our dogs into a Sit first before we instruct them to do something else that many of us forget that placing the dog into a Sit after a Down truly is also a Sit command - it doesn’t need to be something else. Interestingly, many dogs have a difficult time going into a Sit from a Down because we rarely ask them to do this sequence.
Keep your commands/language simple and practice positions in different sequences to make your dog truly listen to your information (instead of acting out of habit in anticipation).