Automatic Sit

WHAT YOU ARE TRAINING

You’re teaching the dog to sit when you stand still.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRAIN THIS

  • The dog will learn to sit when you stop to talk to someone, rather than jumping up.
  • The dog will learn to sit at a curb.
  • The dog will learn to sit before being fed.
  • Impulse control – the dog sits to say ‘please’.
  • The sit will become a more ingrained behaviour.

HOW YOU WILL TRAIN THIS

You’ll use the ‘capturing’ method of training.  This means that you’ll wait for the dog to sit, rather than asking the dog to sit and then reward.  In this method of training the dog has to work out how to get the treat.  Initially the dog will sit as he has nothing else to do, but you should quite quickly see that the dog is getting the game and is sitting quicker each time you stop.

STEP 1

Criteria

You will mark (‘yesss!’) your dog as soon as his bottom touches the floor.

  • Feed your dog 3 treats
  • Walk away from your dog
  • When your dog follows you stop and become as boring as possible
  • Your dog should eventually sit
  • Mark (‘yesss!’)
  • Reward
  • Repeat

HELP

  • This exercise is best done when the dog is calm.

HOMEWORK

  • Ask each member of the family to do these exercises with your dog (you can use your dog’s kibble and add treats intermittently).
  • Vary the locations where you do these exercises; different rooms in the house, in the garden, when you’re out for a walk.