The purpose of teaching a relaxed sit is training calm behavior. A dog that has learned to sit calmly is easier to train and accepts distractions in their environment. It’s absolutely necessary to teach a reactively aggressive or anxious dog this behavior. The ideal dog is relaxed and under no obvious distress. A distressed dog indicates the same level of physiological distress that accompanies emotional distress. A dog in constant emotional distress will be unable to cope with his environment and unable to learn new behavior.
- The dog will sit on verbal or hand signal when asked and remain until released.
- Sitting is an impulse control exercise and reflects a submissive and calming position and emotional state.
- This calm state can diffuse other dogs’ intentions.
- This exercise is mandatory behavior for all dogs whose owners expect to take them out into public.
- 4-6” lead to prevent dog from wondering away.
- Training treats- the smaller the better
- Reward marker – good or yes
- No reward marker – wrong, oops or sorry
- Schedule of reinforcement – beginning with a fixed (continuous) schedule of reinforcement changing to a variable schedule once the dog is reliably offering the correct response in at least 3-4 different locations
A dog still vibrating while sitting does not indicate a calm dog, if this describes your dog, you will need to learn how to shape calm behavior.
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