For Obedience Training Your Dog Yourself
Even with a puppy as young as five or six weeks old, he will learn to sit
after only a day or two of you putting him into a sitting position while
saying sit if he gets praise each time.
|Sit training is easiest with the choke chain collar and leash.
Have your dog at your left side. Say sit as you pull up on the leash
with your right hand, and gently "push" his rear end down with your
left hand. This "push" is only a gentle guiding. As soon as he is in the sitting position, say good boy!, good boy!
Do this several times, and he will understand what sit means. If you have a
very large dog that just grins at you when you try to push is rear end down,
you could stand in front of him (facing him), say sit as you lift his face up with your hands and start
to walk toward him (almost into him) and push his head back just an inch or
so. The combination of his head going up and back and his body starting to go
back to avoid you walking into him may "push" him right into a sit
position. Good boy! For the most stubborn dog who simply refuses to sit, lift the front of his body
a little until his butt "falls" to the ground while saying sit. Good boy!
|You may help the sit command along by giving him a healthy treat
and saying good boy! Treats are too distracting to use while heeling.
From now on, you will begin each heeling session with the dog in a sitting
position, and you will tell him to sit every time you stop. "Heel"
said outside of going for a walk actually means for him to immediately come
sit next to your left heel.
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