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19 -- Training Your Dog: Pairing Obedience Commands, Down, Place, and -- Sit for Greetings at the Door --

Session Two Place:

1. Give your dog the place command, use your Remote Collar, as needed. 2. Give your dog a favorite toy, once he has settled.

3. Remain in the area, no more than 10 feet away from the bed.

4. Repeat the above sequence, as needed, until your dog has remained on the bed for 5 minutes without reinforcement.

5. Return to your dog, then praise and reward him.

6. Release your dog and calmly play with him.

  • If you have to use the Remote Collar for the command, be sure to use it the next 3 times you give your dog that command.
  • Pick up your long line to help your dog as needed. Dog at a distance and distracted. Call your dog using the remote collar as needed. Praise and move backwards as your dog comes towards you.


    1. From the heel position, give your dog the down command.

    2. Step away to the end of your leash.

    3. Return to your dog after 60 seconds.

    4. Release your dog after 10 seconds.

    5. Repeat the above sequence, and then play calmly with your dog.

    Sit for Greetings at the Door:

    1. Have a person familiar to your dog knock on your door or ring the doorbell.

    2. Walk to the door and give the command “Sit.”

    3. Open the door, and greet your friend, your dog should remain sitting.

    4. Use your Remote Collar, as needed.

    5. Once your dog has settled, ask your friend to calmly praise your dog. If your dog breaks the command, have your friend immediately ignore your dog, then repeat the command “Sit,” using your Remote Collar.

    6. Repeat steps 1 through 5, as needed.

    7. Release and calmly play with your dog after he has remained sitting for 20 seconds.

    8. Perform 3 repetitions of the above sequence.

  • Greeting people at the door is one of the highlights of a dog s day. Everyone involved with this exercise should be relaxed and calm when practicing this exercise. If your dog is overly excited, have your friend step back and ignore your dog until he has settled into the sit.
  • Do not use the Remote Collar when your friend is actually petting your dog. Your friend should stop the petting and ignore your dog the moment he breaks the command. Then, use your Remote Collar as you normally would. Walk up to the door with your dog at heel. Open the door as your dog remains sitting. Greet your visitor while dog remains sitting.

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