Before you begin teaching "play dead," ensure your dog is well-versed in basic commands like "sit" and "lie down.
Positive reinforcement, in the form of treats and praise, is the most effective way to train your dog to play dead.
Use a treat to lure your dog into a lying-down position on their side, rewarding them when they achieve it.
Introduce a verbal cue like "bang" when your dog is in the down position, and associate it with the trick.
Consistent practice and patience are key to perfecting the "play dead" trick. Be encouraging throughout the process.
As your dog becomes proficient, work on refining the trick by extending the duration and adding flair.
If you encounter difficulties, consider seeking help from a professional dog trainer with experience in trick training.