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Sloppy Sit. Why? and is it a big deal?

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So I met on Saturday with a new trainer. Our 1st private lesson is on Wednesday night. Anyhow, right away she commented on Cody's sit.

He has gotten sloppy. Sometimes he takes like a step or two back when sitting. and sometimes after he sits, he just starts to slouch a bit...like he has bad posture. His sits used to be cleaner.

So, I this a big deal? Why did Cody get sloppy? Is this something I should spend time on? or is my new trainer getting hung up on something silly?

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If you are planning on competing then it is a big deal. I have the same problem.
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hi jax,

i'd like to do agility with him, but really just for fun and "job" purposes, not competetion. after learning maybe just buy some stuff and set it up in the backyard...

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they don't sit in agility.

But if you ever want to do obedience, rally then you'll want him to have a nice sit. It's much easier to teach them correctly the first time than to redo and possibly have to use a new word.
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gotcha...lol. yeah i hightly doubt i'll get into sch or rally. dock dog could be cool too, but anyway.

he learned it right, then overtime he's just gotten sloppy ya know? maybe he's being a lazy a s $ lol

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I think it depends entirely on if it's a big deal to you. If you're planning to compete then you'll need to demand a straight sit, and now is the best time to work on it. If he's just going to be a companion and you're only worried that he sits when you say so, then don't worry about the sloppiness.

When I was doing agility with Cash, I taught him two different sit commands because he liked to sit sideways on one hip. "Siddown" meant, "just go ahead and sit however you want," whereas "Cash, sit," meant, "I need you to sit straight right now."

Similarly, I teach two different down commands. "Lay down" means, I don't care what you do or where you do it so long as you're laying down. Go take a nap on the couch for all I care." "Platz" means a more "jackrabbit" style obedience down.


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Emoore, was it very difficult for Cash to learn the difference between the two commands for similar movements?

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hi emoore, thanks for the thoughts. yeah he's just my buddy haha, don't plan on winning any titles with him, so honestly im somewhat indifferent about his sit as long as he does sit when i say.

BUT, i hired this trainer to help me, so part of me also feels why hire an expert if im going to tell her "oh, i don't think thats a big deal so move on"...

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Emoore, was it very difficult for Cash to learn the difference between the two commands for similar movements?
good question...

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Emoore, was it very difficult for Cash to learn the difference between the two commands for similar movements?
Not at all. He was extremely motivated to please so he was a joy to train. *Oh Lord I'm tearing up again*

I made a distinction between training the more formal obedience commands and the casual around the house ones. I didn't use them interchangeably in one training session. Dogs know when it's time to work and when you just want them to go lay on the couch.

Josh, what did you hire the private trainer for? If it's not for help with formal obedience, I don't see anything wrong with letting her know you don't need a formal obedience sit.


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