Training your Dog the sit-stay Exercise – There is no other exercise that is more effective in gaining leadership than the sit-stay exercise. If you have to constantly coax, cajole, and bribe your dog to obey the simplest command, you are lacking leadership. The properly taught sit-stay command alone can reverse this unfortunate situation.
Think about why the sit-stay exercise might gain owner leadership with a dog. If you can convince your dog to sit still, against his will, regardless of what is going on around him, and you can persuade him to do so without resorting to pain, fear, or force, what is what does that do to you? The Alpha Dog, of course, the strong-witted one. The sit-stay exercise will crown you as a pack leader. To learn how to train your dog to obey, see Training Your Dog’s Click or How to Teach Your Dog to Stay.
The sit-stay exercise specifically uses the language signals that your dog is pre-programmed to interpret and understand. These are language tools used by wolves and maternal domestic dogs, so your dog is already familiar with them. From your dog’s perspective, could it be easier?
From a human perspective, however, teaching Sit-Stay may not be easy at first. Through learned behavior, adult humans are programmed to use harassment and force to achieve their ends with dogs. We lifelessly repeat our words, pushing, pushing, pushing, pinching, choking, and assaulting dogs to snatch from them what we consider to be “obedient” behavior.
Wolves and dogs, however, are not capable of these physical manipulations; pain, fear, and strength training tactics are not part of their repertoire when education is at hand. dogs must depend on consolation, detached limitation, and inactive terrorizing to achieve the instruction of their young. This is the basis of harness training.
Dogs talk to us in ways we need to learn to recognize. A dog can easily put their rear on the ground and have fun, or put their chest on the mat for a snack. He will do this, whether you have leadership or not, simply because his actions serve to obtain one or more of his primary resources, in this case, food. But for a dog to remain seated voluntarily at the behest of its owner with no goal goals – food or touch – means that it recognizes your position as its leader. By his behavior, your dog is telling you, “I recognize and accept your leadership at this time. I see you are my mentor, and I prove it with my good cooperation, ”just as he would point out to a higher ranking dog or wolf. For an owner, getting this kind of leadership through just one exercise is both appealing and amazing. You earn the respect of your dog. In turn, gaining your dog’s respect will lead to the dispelling of most minor behavior problems.
Keep in mind that staying is an abstract concept for a dog to learn and understand. Sitting means putting your rear on the ground; down means putting your hindquarters and chest on the ground; come means to run to your owner, but stay …? Technically, staying doesn’t mean anything to a dog. There is no engine reaction to your solicitation that he can follow up on – it is the nonattendance of an engine reaction. When your dog finally understands this, his self-confidence flourishes. Increased self-confidence in dogs solves a myriad of behavioral issues.
When teaching the sit-stay on a harness, or any obedience training with a harness, patience is a most important to be successful. Patience is a virtue and wolves have an infinite reserve. Look at how well their social system works. Their endless patience is the reason. So learn patience, don’t do anything that isn’t asked of you, watch your dog learn to sit in less than 10 minutes, and watch behavior problems disappear.
To teach Sit-Stay using a harness, simply apply an upward pull to the wire attached to the harness. The harness will “try” on the dog’s shoulders. The dog will be fully aware of the pull, however gentle, applied to his harness, and will likely begin to look around anxiously,
wondering what to come next. He may yawn (stress), he may lick his lips while thinking of submission, he may try to appear indifferent and try to engage in some displacement activity. You are just waiting. You certainly aren’t talking to, looking at, or petting your dog at this point. Nothing is happening. Eventually, the dog is fed up with standing there,
unable to continue, and he sits or lies down. Sitting is whatever you want so that the tension is released and the dog is praised and petted. Laying down is not what you want, so the tension on the leash will remain. While the dog is seated, perform a circular sweeping motion with your hand (a signal to stay). While the dog remains seated, you continue to happily joke and maybe stroke it. You can even give her a chest massage (massage). If it rises again before receiving a release signal, voltage is applied to the lead again and you become silent and distant. This should be repeated until the dog learns that sitting – and staying – is what you want. There is no way out for the dog. You talk about business. But notice there was no screaming