Distance Postion Changes

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Distance Sit 2 - Improving - Training Dogs with Dunbar

Distance commands take lots of practice.  Build up distance step-by-step and make sure you continue to praise it when they get it right.

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More Distance - Training the Companion Dog 4 – Recalls & Stays

It can be helpful to have two people teach distance commands.  One person can stay next to the dog to give rewards or lure the dog if necessary.

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Omaha & Ian - SIRIUS Puppy Training Classic

Ian & his malamute Omaha practice a little heeling and distance obedience at the park.  SIRIUS Puppy Training Classic is dedicated to Omaha.

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Distance Sits in Action

Dr. Dunbar demonstrates the four steps to training your dog to sit a distance

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Distance Sits Explained

Training your dog to sit at a distance is supremely useful: both a time-saver and a life-saver. Dr. Dunbar explains the four simple steps you should use to teach your dog to sit at a distance.

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Distance Position Changes

Even though you think your dog sits fairly reliably, he probably will not sit if he is at a distance. In fact he probably will not sit if there is any variation in the training scenario. If you turn your back on him and ask him to sit, he probably won’t. If you lie on your back and ask him to sit, he probably won’t. If you ask him to sit in heel position as you continue walking, he probably won’t. But don’t worry, your dog is not being disobedient. Rather, like all dogs, he is an extremely fine discriminator and has only learned precisely what you have taught him — to sit if he is right in front of you, or if he is by your side in heel position. So, you need to teach him to sit in every possible situation and especially, if he is at a distance and distracted.

 

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