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28.2 -- Training Your Dog: Evaluation of the Neighborhood Walk --

Session Two Sit for greetings at the door:

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

2.With your dog off leash, 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 verbally 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.

  • When training in new locations, it is important that you go back to using a leash or long line to help your dog perform his commands.

  • Always be fair with your reinforcement during your obedience exercises. You will find yourself using less negative reinforcement and more positive reinforcement as time passes.
  • It typically takes several months of consistent reinforcement for long term learning to take place. The day to day practical application of your obedience commands is the best way to accomplish this. Dog at door when doorbell rings. Give the “Sit” command and open door. Reinforce the command “Sit” using your remote collar as needed. Release stimulation button when dog resumes sit. Have your friend verbally praise your dog.

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