February 2, 2016 by The Dog Rules
If you feed your dog kibble, I highly recommend that you measure out the dog’s daily ration and use a portion of that for training. If you are feeding raw or homemade, I suggest you slightly reduce the meal size in proportion to the amount of treats you feed during training sessions. This way your dog will be earning his food and you will be less likely to end up with a fat dog.
Hold a treat in front of your dog’s nose, say “Sit”, and move the treat slightly upwards and backwards just above the dog’s muzzle. As your dog looks up to follow the treat, he will automatically sit down.
If your dog jumps up, you are holding the treat too high. If your dog backs up, work with the dog in a corner. (If you try this with your cat, you need to keep the treat quite low because they have more of a tendency to stand on their hind legs and use their paws to get the treat away from you.)
When he sits, say “Good boy!”(or “Good girl!”) and offer the treat as reward.
Here’s my “Golden Retriever” modeling the behaviour for us:
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