Sit Happens – Layer 4

Objective:  To teach your dog to hold his SIT when you move away.

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Step by Step Instructions Comments
Warm up with the 3rd Layer.  
Cue you dog to SIT.  Move one foot back without shifting your weight or placing your heel on the ground.  
If your dog holds his position, mark with a ‘Yes’, step forward and give a treat.

If your dog gets up from his sit, move a few steps to the side and cue the SIT again.  Move one foot back as above.  If he holds his position, mark with a ‘Yes’, step forward and give a treat. Rewarding him ‘in position’.  i.e. rewarding him for holding his SIT and not getting up.
If he get up again, move a few steps to the side and cue the SIT. This time, make an even smaller movement with your foot.  If he still is unable to hold his SIT, can you make an even smaller movement?? We are making small movements to help our dog succeed.
Repeat the above for a total of five repetitions.  How many times was your dog successful? 4 or 5 times out of five:  you can make it a little harder.

3 times out of five:  don’t make it harder.

1 or 2 times out of five:  make it easier for him.

Increase the steps you take one at a time until you can walk around your dog in both a clockwise and counter clockwise direction.  
Once you can walk around your dog, take one step away from your dog until you can walk 15’ away and your dog will hold his position.
When you are finished training say ‘All Done’ so your dog knows that the session is finished.
When to Advance  
Practice this concurrently with Layer 5.
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