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17.1 -- Training Your Dog: Down, Sit for Greetings, Place and a Neighborhood Walk --

Session One -- Down:

1. Give your dog the down command.

2. Pivot in front of your dog and step 3 feet away from him.

3.Walk a 3-foot semi-circle to each side.

4. If your dog breaks the down position, step toward him quickly, reeling in your leash, take him back to the same location.

5. Repeat the command “Down,” then give a “Pop” on the collar with your right hand 1 foot from the snap, while helping your dog into position with your left hand.

6. Repeat steps 2 and 3, reinforcing the command with a “Pop,” as needed.

7. Practice the above sequence, until your dog has maintained the down position for 2 minutes, without reinforcement.

Sit for Greetings:

1.With your dog in heel position, approach a person familiar with your dog.This person should remain calm and not excite your dog.

2.With your dog sitting, exchange greetings.

3. Have your friend calmly pet him. Do not reach over and pet top of dog’s head or cover the eyes with your hands. Pet under the chin or on the shoulder.

4. If your dog attempts to break the sit, repeat the command “Sit,” and give him a “Pop.” DO NOT USE YOUR REMOTE COLLAR AT THIS STAGE.. Your friend should ignore your dog if he breaks the command.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as needed, until your dog remains in a sit for greetings for 5 seconds.

6. Heel away, then release your dog and briefly play with him, but do not allow him to jump up, or pull on the leash.

7. Repeat the above sequence.

  • Make sure to repeat the command Down, before stepping away from your dog.
  • If your dog seems too excited, have your friend calmly praise your instead of physically petting him. Once he has settled into the sit, have your friend calmly pet him.

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