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Puppy Training ~Polish Those Commands

Sit
As you walk your dog, command your dog to “Sit”. The trainer must
stop as he makes this command, allowing the dog a few seconds to
respond before correcting him. Praise him when he responds
appropriately.

Come
From the “Sit” position, leave your dog and have him hold that
position for 30 seconds to one minute. Command your dog to
“Come” as you step backward for 10 steps. The dog should sit
directly in front of you, facing you. If he needs correcting,
reposition him with gentle tugs. Or have him heel, take a few
steps and have him sit.

Down
From the neutral position, command your dog to “Down”. The trainer
should stand erect with no body motion, except for the hand signal
and voice command “Down”. Praise the dog. If the dog ignores your
command, correct, then praise.

Stand
From the neutral position, command your dog to “Stand”. The
trainer should stand next to the dog and keep the leash short
while holding it in the right hand. As you make the command, lead
off with your left foot and place the left hand with top finger
touching the dog belly close to the hind leg. The dog will stop
when his hind leg touches your finger. Praise the dog. Hold this
position for thirty seconds. Pivot to the front of the dog, so
that he is facing you.

Finish
Face the dog and hold the leash in your right hand. Place your
left hand under his chin. Motion the dog with your hand to your
left as you take a step back and the dog makes a semicircle and
comes to sit at your left side. Praise. If the dog has problems
with this, assist with gentle tugs of the leash. Make sure the dog
is sitting straight at your side. If not, quickly command the dog
to “Heel”, take a few steps forward and command the dog to “Sit”.
Repeat this step until the dog sits straight at your side.

Heel
As you walk your dog, you will be working on the position of his
head. The ideal position is for the animal to make eye contact
with you, his head looking toward your leg. If he is in the correct
position, but his head (attention) is elsewhere, correct with “No”
and gentle tugs as necessary. Be sure to praise when he responds.
Praise exuberantly if he is in the ideal position without coaching.

Exercise Finish
From the standing position, command your dog to “Come”. Take one
or two steps forward, and command the dog to “Sit” as you motion
upward with your hand. If the dog does not respond, command the
dog to “Heel” and try again.

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