In the first you were in the “luring” phase one – while you were down on a knee and weaned your way off of needing to be there and you knew you were out of phase one when you knew you could do the following;
- Stand up say “sit” command;
- Your puppy understood the command and would perform a sit 80-90% of the time;
- Your puppy would hold that for at least 5 seconds at a time;
- Say the “release” command and your puppy knew that they were done.
You started to challenge your puppy with the “two treat” method by working on two parts of the process;
- Increasing the amount of time your puppy would hold;
- Performing those instructions with an increased amount of distraction elements during that time.
Older Dogs (phases one and two)
For those with older/adult dogs that had difficulty doing the command without treats as a motivator, you would have gone through the “say and show” method I taught where you used 50-75 repetitions, and you increased the amount of time, and the number of distraction objects that they could do the “sit” around in phase two.