Placing your dog in a Sit and Down

For the Sit, with Buddy on your left, kneel next to him, both of you facing in the same direction. If Buddy is a small dog, you can put him on a table for these exercises. Take these steps:

1. Place your right hand against his chest and your left hand on top of his shoulders.

2. Run your left hand over his back, all the way down to his knees, and with equal pressure of both hands and without saying anything, collapse him into a Sit.

3. Keep your hands in place to the count of five and verbally praise Buddy, saying "good dog."

4. Then release him with "Okay."

This is a leadership exercise and its purpose isn't to teach Buddy the "Sit" command. To teach him to respond to the "Sit" command, see Chapter 7.

For the Down, take the following steps:

1. With Buddy sitting on your left, kneel next to him, both of you facing in the same direction.

2. Reaching over his back, place your left hand behind his left foreleg; place the right hand behind the right foreleg.

3. Keep your thumbs up so as not to squeeze Buddy's legs, something he may not like and may cause him to resist.

4. Lift Buddy into the begging position and without saying anything, lower him to the ground. (See Figure 2-1.)

5. Keep your hands in place to the count of five and verbally praise him.

6. Then release him with "Okay."

This is a leadership exercise and its purpose isn't to teach Buddy the "Down" command. To teach him to respond to the "Down" command, see Chapter 7.

Figure 2-1:

Lifting your dog to the begging position.

Figure 2-1:

Lifting your dog to the begging position.

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