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Old 12-04-2013, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Easiest way to learn 'come' or 'sit' on command?

I take my GSD puppy, Chief, outside alot and sometimes he runs off or sniffs other people. Hes small enough to the point whrre I can just pick him up and carry him, but I would like to teach him as a pup so later in his life when hes heavy I can just say come or sit and he will obey. Thanks!
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Are you familiar with using a marker reward system?
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Are you familiar with using a marker reward system?
No idea what that is. Explain? Ill reasearch it. Thanks
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Leerburg Dog Training | The Power of Training Dogs with Markers

Take a look here for an overview.

The sit command is fairly easy request wise but a really solid off leash recall is going to take some work and a little bit of base knowledge first.
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A marker is a signal that the dog has done something correctly. The treat is the reward for doing so.

Timing is everything with this method so the dog does not misinterpret what it is you want or expect.

I used a clicker, praise, and treats to teach recall to Lisl.

I had her on a 30' training lead when teaching her this.
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Lisl and I went outside so she could do her business and she saw a dog that lives two blocks up the street. Lisl is very territorial and she took off after this dog and chased it up the sidewalk a block and a half.

Lisl came back the second time I called LISL, COME!

I was really proud of her. That is the longest distance I've ever recalled a GSD.
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The treat is the reward for doing so.
OH haha i know what that is then. I just didnt know that was what it was called. Thanks!
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Leerburg Dog Training | The Power of Training Dogs with Markers

Take a look here for an overview.

The sit command is fairly easy request wise but a really solid off leash recall is going to take some work and a little bit of base knowledge first.
Thanks! I do that, I just didnt know that was what it was called.
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I take my GSD puppy, Chief, outside alot and sometimes he runs off or sniffs other people. Hes small enough to the point whrre I can just pick him up and carry him, but I would like to teach him as a pup so later in his life when hes heavy I can just say come or sit and he will obey. Thanks!
Ah, I remember when Hans was little enough that I would carry him like a football.

The easiest way to do this is attach your puppy to a long lead, say "Come!" and begin reeling him in. Praise and have a party when he gets to you. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Never say "come" unless you are sure you can enforce it. You do not want the puppy to learn that he can ignore you.

For sit, I just lured him into position with treats. He learned it very quickly.
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One more thing about teaching come, never ever, ever discipline a dog after you have called him and he comes.

That is the fastest way to lose their trust.
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