I came to the conclusion that our cue "down" for lying down is broken because other people keep using it for getting Banjo off their lap (she still thinks she's a chihuahua) or prevent her from jumping up.
So what do you use? And what hand signal, if any? Ours is too similar to the sit signal too...
I've always wanted to use some total nonsensical cue for a common command. Like "chips" or "beer" for recall. But I never followed through. All our cues are kinda logical so far. Maybe it's time to change this!
Oh I do have a cute one for telling Banjo to get in the back of the car if she takes up her usual spot behind the wheel when I leave her to duck into the shops. I ask her "Are you driving, Banjo?" when I open the driver's door and she will promptly hop in the back. lol
And we also have our "Goodmorning Banjo" which makes her immediately flop down in the crook of my arm. It works any time of the day but I do try to reserve it for that morning cuddle.