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03.2 -- Training Your Dog: Down, Come, Sit and Place --

Session Two Come: Practice the come command for 3 minutes.


1. Have your dog sitting on your left side.

2. Repeat the command “Sit” and pivot in front of your dog, a few inches away, keeping a loose leash.

3. Have your dog remain sitting for 20 seconds.

4. Return to heel position and calmly praise and reward your dog for remaining in the sit position.

5. Release your dog after 5 seconds at the heel position.

6. Repeat the above sequence 5 times. *If your dog breaks his sit command without a release, repeat the command “Sit” followed by an upward “Pop” on the leash. Gently push down on his hindquarters with your free hand if necessary. Once sitting, calmly praise and reward him.


1. Practice the place command. Calmly praise and reward him for remaining on his place.

2. Slowly walk around a one-foot perimeter of the place, keeping a loose leash.

3.After 20 seconds have elapsed, release your dog and calmly play.

4. Perform 5 sets, 20 seconds each. *If your dog breaks his place command without a release, step forward and redirect him to the place with a “Pop,” immediately following the command. The “Pop” should be in the direction of the bed. Do not reward him until he is fully settled (wait at least several seconds).

  • There is no need to use the word Stay. It is implied in the command you give your dog until he is released.
  • Watch your dog at all times when practicing your commands.
  • A calm and relaxed owner encourages a calm and relaxed dog.
  • Play should be peaceful while training, especially if you have an exuberant dog.
  • Always keep training fun for your dog! Walk perimeter of place, keeping a loose leash. Redirect with a “Pop” for breaking. Calmly praise when dog is settled.

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