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Teach Your Dog To Sit, Down or Stand When You Are Twenty Feet Away
Do you privation to teach your Dog to ‘Sit’/’Stand’/’Down’ when you are 20 feet or more away from your dog?
There is a difference between asking a dog to ‘down’ when you are standing sequential to it or having it ‘stay’, then expressive away, waiting for ten seconds and then moving back to deliver a tend – and accomplishing these corresponding behaviors when you are 20 feet away from your dog and asking them to ‘sit’ if they are standing, ‘stand’ if they are sitting or going into a down station if they are sitting or standing.
Most obedience initiation cues are given when the owner is subsequent to the dog with the elimination of the recall cue.
Historically most of the dog traineeship disciplines that use stretch commands such as area catastrophe hold used shock collars to procure the contact they want.
The premise of this scholarship is that the dog is told to do entity at a extent and if they ignore the cue then the owner/handler applies an electric shock. The dog learns to do the behavior to evade or escape an vile if not painful stimulus.
There are far further pleasant ways to teach grasp duty behaviors.
Last Saturday, at The DogSmith Training Center, in one 10 minute session two German Shepherds being handled by their owners had their dogs sitting and ‘downing’ with no nosh lures when they were 6 feet away from their dogs.
Although the duration of the behavior was remarkably crisp it did present that with rule and a systematic means most trained dog owners can effectively and efficiently teach their domestic dogs a high level of span obedience.
The word can be added later.
The behavior was built one pace at a time.
As the dogs became intimate with the rules of the halting and implied that goodly reinforcement was available to them for getting “it right” their learning became faster and faster .
When starting this novitiate with a tame dog with the goal of the dog sitting or ‘downing’ or standing from a distance, the first behavior criteria on the ladder must be 97% reliable.
The dog must already be able to show the behavior without a meal lure when the innkeeper is standing by their party or in prompt of them. The behavior should be below the tame of both a said and physical cue, not the physical cue created by the lure mechanics but the second full product cue.
Goal - To have your dog go into a ‘down’ stratum when you are 20 feet away using a oral cue ‘down’ or a innocent drudge signal for ’down’
The boon behavior criteria is built on the premise that the dog will already operate to a verbal “down” and a childlike hand cue “down” when the hotelkeeper is in an ethical position.
This behavior should also keep a built in title of 30 seconds and be on a emancipate cue of “okay”. The publician should not have to lure the dog down with repast in their navvy or use their flawless entity as a bob to cause the dog into a ‘down’ position.
The dog should be comfortable sitting for phrase of 30 seconds on an title timetable of reinforcement no additional than every 10 seconds.
Take half a pace away from the dog and ask the dog to ‘down’ using both the drudge decided and the vocal signal.
As soon as the dog goes ‘down’ Click or natter ‘Yes’ and trudge back to the dog and deliver reinforcement.
The dog should not posses the circumstance to earn up and delay the behavior. The reinforcement should be delivered to the dog in the ‘down’ position.
Repeat Step 1, 5 times
The dog should be successful on all five occasions.
If they are not, then the likelihood is that the initial behavior touchstone is not in place.
Since the dog commit already act to a oral “down” and a innocent labourer cue “down” when the innkeeper is in an honest level the owner should not keep to lure the dog down with repast in their hand or use their whole thing as a prompt.
The dog should be comfortable sitting for duration of 30 seconds on an expression schedule of reinforcement no less than every 10 seconds.
Take a flawless footslog away from the dog and ask the dog to ‘down’ using both the workman marked and the said signal.
As soon as the dog goes ‘down’ Click or prate ‘Yes’ and stride back to the dog and deliver reinforcement.
The dog should not have the circumstance to earn up and rest the behavior. The reinforcement should be delivered to the dog in the ‘down’ position.
Repeat this 5 times
Take 2 absolute steps away from the dog and ask the dog to ‘down’ using both the menial striking and the spoken signal.
As soon as the dog goes down Click or prattle ‘Yes’ and trudge back to the dog and deliver reinforcement.
The dog should not obtain the occasion to attain up and cease the behavior. The reinforcement should be delivered to the dog in the down position.
Repeat this 5 times.
Do not flow from this stage until you posses 5 revise behaviors out of 5 attempts.
This is the celebrated footslog and may prove to be the most heavy pace to get past.
A duo of things may happen.
1. The dog may be confused, you hold now moved further away than ever before.
This is a new behavior for the dog. The dog may try to secure closer to you back into the normal station the dog is in when being asked to ‘down.
2. At this stage you may own to reintroduce a supplementary exaggerated physical cue to encourage the dog to go ‘down.
’ Start off by moderate bending at the waist and using your drudge to aegis cause the dog into a ‘down’ position.
This model can be faded latter on.
3. If you keep to use a perfect physical cue, your item bending over and knees bending over to attain the dog to miss into the ‘down,’ the dog may pop forward reasoning there is repast in your hand.
Be persistent, the dog entrust “get it.
” Use a happy upbeat voice to promote the dog into position.
4. If you cannot rest the dog coming towards you then go back and find a middle criteria Such as one and a half steps away from the dog.
When you are comfortably motility back a parade at a time, doing sets of five behaviors at each step, you should afafir on fading all the prompts that you had to reintroduce at Step 3 when you scale a stretch from your dog of 6 steps.
You entrust retain to cite this touchstone for each new grasp behavior you teach. When you own some insolvable span behaviors for ‘sit’/’down’ and ‘stand’ then you can activity on having the dog handle between behaviors with you at a distance.
Do not expect that if you can keep your dog ‘down’ from ten feet reliably that you will then at ten feet be able to put the dog back into a ‘sit’ from a ‘down.
’ You consign obtain to blunt your grasp from your dog to fashion this behavior.
Niki Tudge is the innkeeper and founder of The DogSmith, America’s Dog Training, Dog Walking and Pet Care Franchise.
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