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Pam and Tony Martin

The puppy in the photo above is Baylee at 12 weeks old. As you can see she loves to run and keep up with the older Aussies. The white Aussie is Kya, a 8 month old rescue aussie and her forever home is with Baylee's trainer. The picture was taken at The Aussie Fun Day in Nashville MI.

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Excerpt #27

Basic Training Commands –
The Sit Command

The Sit is one of the most useful commands there is. It also happens to be one of the easiest to teach, because it's such a simple movement. In keeping with our dedication to positive training, the first method we'll discuss here for teaching the Sit is completely hands free – you can teach your dog this command without even touching her. Here are the steps:

  1. Take a treat and hold it just in front of and above your dog's head. Hold it high enough so the dog can't snatch it from your hand, but low enough so that she doesn't try to stand up to sniff it.

  2. Draw the treat along an imaginary line towards the back of your dog's head. As you do this, her nose will follow the treat and her head will tilt up. As you move the treat, say the word "Sit" clearly.

  3. As her head tilts up, it's completely natural for her to sit down. It's uncomfortable for a dog to crane its neck up while it's standing. So as you move the treat, your dog will sit on her own.

  4. As soon as her behind hits the ground, say "Good dog," and give her the treat.

  5. Repeat this a few times until she gets used to the movement.

It's that simple. Most dogs don't take too long to pick up the command using this method – but, of course, every dog is different. If this method doesn't work for your dog, don't stress. I've provided lots of alternatives for teaching various commands throughout this book. Let's look at some alternatives for teaching Sit.

Next time: Alternative Methods for Teaching the Sit Command

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