Sit, Down, Stand

Teaching your dog the basic positions ready for stay training.

Sit

Taught by using a food lure on the end of the dog’s nose and slowly moving it up and over the dog’s head. Praising when your dog’s bottom hits the floor and then feeding the treat.
 
Progress by luring the dog with an empty hand in the same way, still praising and feeding a treat when their bottom is on the floor. Gradually turn your empty hand lure into a hand signal and introduce a verbal cue by saying ‘sit’ then giving the hand movement, praising and rewarding when they sit. Progress further by adding duration, distance and distractions (see Stays chapter).