Ryan and I disuss some training commands for your dog done WITHOUT food (yes, it is possible).
Ryan’s steps include the following essential steps for the sit command:
- The proper “minimum” age to effectively train to sit;
- What the “sit’ should actually look like;
- What the command means to the dog;
- How to go to the next level so that the dog will hold the position.
Ryan talks about the “style” sit versus the “tuck” sit and getting certain concepts worked out first as building blocks for further training.
Am I sure my dog understands the sit command?
Ryan suggests that many owners believe that their dogs already understand and carry out the plan. But a lot have a version of the command covered, but it is essential to set up a sit AND release command, how tone of voice is a significant factor, and how the leash comes into play.
Sean talks with Ryan about exactly what the “release” command looks like for dog owners. If you don’t have a specific word for your dog, or if it’s too common a word – you’ll get lots of great information just from this part of the show!
The “down” command is discussed as well, and how food use is really only there on a limited basis for recall.
Ryan’s website is TheDogPhilosofur.com and also has some great videos on YouTube as well. Follow Ryan on Instagram at @dog.philosofur.