We want to reteach sit in a new language. You want your dog to learn to respond to the leash's cue to put their butts to the floor. This is especially helpful in teaching that Sit now means to KEEP their butts on the floor.
1. Make sure to have all your supplies ready.
Treat pouch filled. Clicker in hand. Slip leash positioned high on neck, just behind the ears
2. The leash pulled up means "Sit."
No commands. We're helping our dogs figure out what the leash is telling them. Pull up and forward on the leash and hold. Some dogs naturally know what to do and others need help. Put a helpful hand on the butt to show your dog what you're asking them to do.
3. Click and feed when the butt hits the floor.
Just like the other exercises, we're creating happy memories around sitting. Every time your dog puts their butt on the floor, click and feed.
4. Add the word "Sit."
Once your dog is responding to just the tension on the leash, without a hand on the booty, you can add the word sit. Sit should only be said once and BEFORE the leash is pulled tight. We're teaching the pattern that sit and the leash mean the same thing.
5. Teach the stay
Start adding in the 3 D's. Distance, Duration, Distraction. Wait longer before rewarding or releasing your dog. Step further away. Try talking to your dog while they're sitting. If they stay, perfect. Reward them. If they get up, pull up on the leash to tell them sit in the new language.
Don't repeat the word Sit until their butts are back on the ground. Only say the word ONCE.
6. Switch to corrections.
Corrections serve as a way to have our dogs do more of the thinking. Instead of molding them all the way back into the sitting position, a correction is a quick, guiding tug upward. The steps for the correction remain the same. Repeat corrections as needed. If you're having a tough time, spend more time with constant pressure.