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4.2 -- Training Your Dog: Choosing the Correct Level, Come using the Remote Collar, -- Heel, Sit, Place and Down --

Session Two Sit:

1.With your dog sitting in heel position, repeat the command “Sit” and pivot directly in front of your dog.

2. Calmly praise and reward your dog for sitting.

3. Slowly step 2 feet backwards, while your dog remains sitting.

4. Slowly return in front of your dog. Calmly praise and reward him, then step away, as in step 3.

5. After 20 seconds, return to Heel position. Release and calmly play with your dog.

6. Perform 5 repetitions of sitting for 20 seconds.

*If your dog breaks his sit command without a release, calmly walk back to your dog and 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 he is sitting, praise and reward him. Pivot in front of your dog. Step backwards. Note hand placement. Press stimulation button and call your dog when distracted. Guide dog with leash. Release stimulation button when dog steps towards you and praise enthusiastically.


1. Give the command “Place,” take a step forward and have him step onto his bed.

2. Step back 4 feet and slowly walk around the perimeter of the place. Calmly praise him for staying on the bed.

3. Return every 10 seconds to reward your dog.

4. Perform 2 Place exercises, for 30 seconds each, with a brief play period in between.

*If your dog breaks his place command without a release, redirect him back into the place position. This time give a “Pop” after you say the command “Place.” Do not reward him after he has broken a command, until he is fully settled (wait at least several seconds).


1. Have your dog sitting in heel position.

2. Hold a small treat and the leash in your right hand 12 inches from the snap.

3. Place your left hand on the dog’s shoulders, while holding the treat in front of your dog’s nose.

4. Give the command “Down,” moving your right hand down towards the ground, while gently pushing down on your dog’s shoulders, using the side-to-side rocking technique with your left hand.

5. Once your dog is settled in the down position, reward him with a treat.

6. Stand up slowly after rewarding your dog. If he attempts to get up, guide him back into the down.

7. Release your dog from the down once he has settled for a few seconds.

8. Perform the down command for 10 repetitions, 5 seconds for each command.

  • We want your dog to learn to turn off the stimulation by performing the command correctly. It is critical that you maintain the stimulation until your dog performs the command. If you turn off the stimulation before your dog performs the exercise, he will likely become confused.
  • In most cases, the stimulation is only applied for a few seconds. This time frame reduces as training progresses.
  • The stimulation level may have to be adjusted up or down, depending on the situation, distractions and the overall responsiveness of your dog. This is why it is important to teach all new exercises in a quiet, distraction-free area.
  • Always use the lowest stimulation level for your dog as possible. Using a level that is too high for your dog will hinder his learning ability.
  • If your dog appears uncertain about the area he was in when he first received stimulation, take him back to that area, play with your dog and praise him enthusiastically.

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