A reliable sit-command that works anywhere and anytime, at a distance and with distractions, is the most valuable tool in training. But training is very context dependent, so it takes a lot of practice.
Dogs are naturally inclined to follow our body movements. If you want your dog to learn verbal commands, you’ll have to work at it actively. If your dog only responds to hand signals, then you’re only in control when they’re looking at you.
This exercise is all about building off-leash control of your dog. It rewards your dog for coming when called, sitting and having their collar taken, which makes them very easy to catch. The alternative is a dog that runs away when you go to take it’s collar.
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