Training a Little Puppy to Sit Using Passive Training

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: May 1, 2018

In this Omaha puppy training session we worked with Charli and four-month-old Pomeranian who needed help learning the sit command and down command using passive and active training.

When I arrived I chatted with Charli’s guardian to learn about her main puppy behavior concerns. One of her concerns was that Charli was starting to bark to get attention. One way that we can help stop this is to teach her how to sit to ask for attention, which we call social manding. So the first thing that I wanted to teach Charli was how to sit on command. To see how I accomplished this you can watch the video below.

As you can see in the video Charli picked up on this exercise very quickly! She learned that her behavior influenced me giving her treats so she started to offer different behaviors for me. When she did something that I liked I gave her a treat and labeled it with a command word. For example when she sat on her own I said the word Sit and gave her a treat.

By the end of the session Charlie was starting to sit to ask for attention and was having calmer energy. To keep up with this good behavior I want to remind her guardian to keep using our Petting with a Purpose technique to reward her for good behavior and use the Escalating Consequences to disagree with her. We wrapped up this puppy behavior session with Charli’s Roadmap To Success video, which you can watch below.

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