The SIT – It’s Magical
Now, first let me explain the Magic of The SIT by setting it up this way for you.
Your dog, like most all other dogs, has a lot of time on their hands, well paws, and they use instinct, trial and error, and training, to figure out what they want, in any given moment. Some of the things that they do, to get things that they want, are very subtle. And some are not so subtle.
Some of the subtle things that your dog might do are:
- Your dog nudges, and you freely pet. That’s very subtle. It’s a kind of demanding thing. You hardly notice it at all, because you love your dog.
- He barks, you feed him.
- Barks more, you let him outside to go potty in the backyard.
- He drops a ball in your lap, and you throw it over, and over again, because that’s what he wants, right there in the moment.
The not so subtle things, would be things like:
- jumping on a house guest,
- counter surfing in the kitchen,
- digging in the trash bin, stuff like that.
Those are your hot button behaviors, right? And it’s usually those hot button behaviors, that really don’t match up to what your expectations are, for your dog to do. So it’s just a matter of training.
So lets break it down, see how working your dog on SIT can change your life.
- The very first thing, that I would do, is I would begin to take all those little subtle demands, that he was doing in the past, like I just talked about, and require him to sit for each one of them. No free stuff, okay, for your dog. No free stuff. He’s gotta give you something, like a sit. That’s how you work that sit, okay?
- And I would add to the list I would make him sit for his food. And if you’re already doing that, require your dog to sit, and down for his food, and maybe sit up again for his food. So, expand on it just a little bit, because remember, he’s been getting everything for free, all this time, and you’ve got some issues that you wanna fix with him. So begin to require him to give you something, for every single thing that he wants.
- If he wants up on the couch with you, make him sit before he gets up on the couch with you. You have to do this every single day, okay? And if he wants to go outside, to go potty, make him sit. Same thing coming back in, and going out the front door for a walk. Sitting at the door is just part of life now, okay? And Keeper loves to fetch, so that’s such a high ticket item for him, that I make him do a lot more extra things, than just to sit, to get to fetch the ball.
- I’ll send him out, make him do a sit, and a down, and bring him back to me, and then I’ll throw the ball. And he goes and fetches it, and has a great time, and even loves doing that work, because that kind of structure keeps his stress low, okay? Sitting for everything in my house, as a matter of fact, is a de stressor for your dog, because now he knows exactly what to do, when to do it, not like before.
Change Begins To Happen
Now as you begin to require your dog to sit for everything around the house, you begin to change his mindset about things that he’s got to do. He begins to think before he does, and look to you for decisions.
So when it comes to fixing things, those behavioral hot buttons of yours, like jumping on a house guest, teaching him better manners, at the front door, and when your guest is there, in the house with you, begins to become much, much easier. He begins to look to you for direction, just like he had on earning every single thing.
So now, instead of demanding things from you, he has to earn things from you By Giving You A Sit!
Do this for you, get that for him. It’s that simple. Life becomes well balanced, and you have a well trained dog. Now if you like this, use it in your home with your dog, like it, share it. I’d appreciate that, Keeper would too. And you know that Keeper and I can always be found at petiquettedog.com. You guys take care, and we will see you on the next video. Bye for now.