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63 - Teach 'sit stay'

63 - Teach 'sit stay'

Now that your dog is reliably offering sit, start delaying the click for a few seconds to extend the time that he remains in the sitting position - introducing him to the idea of 'stay'. He will quickly learn that the treat does not appear if he moves before hearing the click. Gradually extend the time that you are asking him to maintain the sit but vary the times so that they do not become predictable to him.

When you start the exercise, if he does move, wait for a moment to see if he can work things out for himself - hold ire and see if he offers the sit again. If he does sit, click and treat after a few seconds. If he is struggling to understand what you want, it may be necessary to encourage him to sit again by offering the signal that you have already taught him. When your dog is able to maintain the sit for two minutes, start giving a verbal and visual cue. Quietly say 'sit stay' while simultaneously giving a lat hand signal at your chest height. There is no need for you to shout the verbal cue or put your lat hand in front of his face to reinforce your desire for him to stay in the sit position.

Extend the time that your dog remains in the sit position

From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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