The Long Sit and Down exercise A recipe for leadership

The purpose of the Long Sit and Down exercise is to teach Buddy in a nonviolent way that you are his pack leader. For this reason, it's the foundation of all further training. Training your dog is next to impossible unless he accepts you as the one in charge. It takes four weeks of practice to get the Long Sit and Down established as a routine, but as soon as you have it, it can go a long way toward helping you establish your role as pack leader. Here's what to do:

1 Week 1: Five times during the course of a week, practice the Long Down exercise for 30 minutes at a time as follows:

1. Sit on the floor beside your dog.

2. Without saying anything, place him in the Down position. (See Figure 2-2.)

3. If he gets up, put him back without saying anything.

4. Keep your hands off when he is down.

5. Stay still.

6. After 30 minutes, release him.

Figure 2-2:

Gently lowering your dog to the Down position.

Figure 2-2:

Gently lowering your dog to the Down position.

As a general rule, the greater a dog's leadership aspirations, the more frequently he will try to get up and the more important this exercise becomes. Just remain calm and each time he tries to get up, replace him in the Down position.

If your dog is particularly bouncy, put him on leash and sit on a chair and the leash so your hands are free to put him back.

Some dogs immediately concede that you're the pack leader, while others need some convincing. If your dog is in the latter group, your, as well as his, first experience with the Long Down will be the hardest. As he catches on to the idea and gradually (if not grudgingly) accepts you as pack leader, each successive repetition will be that much easier.

Practice the Long Down under the following conditions:

• After he has been exercised

• When interruptions are unlikely

If the situation allows it, you can watch television or read, so long as you don't move.

^ Week 2: On alternate days, practice three 30-minute Downs and 10-minute Sits while you sit in a chair next to your dog.

^ Week 3: On alternate days, practice three 30-minute Downs and 10-minute Sits while you sit across the room from your dog.

^ Week 4: On alternate days, practice three 30-minute Downs and 10-minute Sits while you move about the room but in sight of your dog.

After week 4, practice a Long Down and a Long Sit at least once a month.

We guarantee you that if you follow this regimen that your dog will unconditionally accept you as pack leader.

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Dog Potty Training

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