The Remote Sit Command
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0:36 Hey, I'm going to show you one of the most valuable commands that you can put into your dog's vocabulary. It's the remote sit. There are so many things that I can do off of this command and once you see how valuable it is, you're going to put it into your dog's vocabulary too.
0:56 Hi, Tom Dokken from Oak Ridge Kennels in Northfield, Minnesota. We're here at the Dokken Dog Supply Test Facility today to give you a tip on the remote sit. You can see we've got our dog sitting on a platform and this is a very important piece of equipment. And you'll see why.
1:10 Now, first of all, I'm going to show you how to get your dog to associate staying on that platform. Your dog should know some basic obedience to begin with and having your dog know the kennel command whether it means going into his dog kennel or getting on something is the key. I'm going to take my leash and I'm going to use this as a kennel command. I'll put pressure on the leash until he gets there and then pressure off once he gets to the spot. Now, this is going to take a little bit for your dog to understand it. Don't worry about your dog initially sitting down. Just get him to the point, heal, where he'll go up on that spot. Kennel. And stay on that spot.
1:52 Now don't worry if he gets down. You can always get him back up there and reinforce that with the kennel command. Now after a few days, he's going to associate that when you give that kennel command, he's got to stay on that spot. If we add some distractions, your dog's going to jump off. I want you to grab the leash, make a correction and get him back up there.
2:19 Once he's good, by not falling for that distraction, here's a key. He needs to know that there's a word that means he can actually leave the spot, too. I've just incorporated the okay command. That means that he can leave. Okay, okay. This is going to be important when we start working on steadiness, that he knows that he can leave the spot. Now, I'm going to take that one step further. My dogs will at this point in time have been conditioned with the remote collar for come, sit, stay, heal, down and kennel. So let's reinforce the command with the leash and remote collar. Kennel. I'm just going to put pressure on the leash, reinforce it, and at this point in time, my dog is starting to understand that the pressure will come off the leash and will come off the collar when he gets to that spot.
3:10 So, let's do this. Take the leash off, okay, let him off. Now we're going to add - kennel, the kennel command. Once I've got him going to that spot and he understands that part of it, I can start demanding sit. Here's what you're really going to like. Watch now how I can use this for my steady command. He knows he's supposed to stay on that spot, so we're going to do this. Sit. Kennel. So he knows he's supposed to stay in that spot. Now I'm just going to give the okay command and that means he can leave. Okay. He's going to leave and then I'm going to have him come right back here to the spot. You can see he understands that's the place to be. Now I can start working on having him stay there. Sit. He's going to wait. Okay. Make the retrieve. Heal. Good. Sit. Drop. Kennel. And go right back to that spot.
4:18 Why is that so valuable? Let's say you're in a hunting situation where you maybe have to be out in the water but you don't want your dog having to stay out there. You can take something as easy as a piece of carpet, set it on shore, tell the dog to go there, or anything, a platform, and he knows that's going to be his spot. Great for steadiness.
4:39 Hey, how about one other thing? You want to teach your dog hand signals? Watch this. We're going to take another platform and if I can get him to go to one platform, I can get him to go to another one. Kennel. Kennel. Now what I have is I have the dog moving in a direction - right and left. So when we work on hand signals, we're going to have our dog not only having to go right and left but going to have to go back and come in. So I can do this. Kennel. I've got my back cast. Here. And I have him coming in. One other side benefit, watch this. Heal. Sit. Now I'm going to work sending him, sit, kennel, then sit. Later on, I'm going to add a whistle blast. [whistle blows]. Sit. Kennel. Sit.
5:44 You can see this is the beginning of our hand signal program, all off of having our dog do a remote sit. You got to add this into your training program. There's so many things you can do off of this. It really needs to be part of your dog's vocabulary.
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