10.1 -- Training Your Dog: Place, Sit at the Door, Heel with About Turns, Sit and Down --
Session One Place:
1. Practice the place command.
2.Walk a 6 foot perimeter around the place, rewarding your dog every 30 seconds.
3. Keep your dog on his place for 3 minutes, then release and play.
Sit at the Door:
1.With your dog in the heel position walk to a closed door.
2. Give the sit command when you are in front of the door.
3. Slowly open the door: Your dog should remain sitting.
4. If he starts to break the sit, repeat the command, immediately followed by a “Pop.”
5.Walk slowly through the door, watching your dog the entire time, then stop 3 feet away from your dog.
6. If your dog breaks the sit command, step towards your dog and repeat steps 4 and 5.
7.Wait 10 seconds, and then invite your dog through the door, using your release word.
8. Praise and reward your dog.
9. Perform 5 repetitions, for 10 seconds each. Slowly open door. Repeat “Sit” with a “Pop” if dog breaks. Release and invite inside. 21
Heel with About Turns:
1. Practice heeling with your dog.
2.While heeling, repeat the command “Heel,” and turn around 180 degrees to the right, keeping your dog on the left side. You should now be walking in the direction from which you just came.This is known as an “about turn.”
3. If your dog does not follow you in this new direction, give him a “Pop,” in the direction you are heading.
4. Praise your dog when is in the correct position.
5. Practice the heel exercise with about turns for 2 minutes.
6. Play enthusiastically with him at the end of this session.