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First let me start by saying my pup Ike is now 17 weeks old. Our only intent with him is to have a good family companion. He was 15 weeks when this question came up. Here's the scenario that leads to my question.

I was in obedience class working on the "meet and greet". First, we were to have our pups sit before the greet. Ike knows "sit" and did sit on command, but it was very brief. He very quickly went into a down. I could tell he was feeling bored at the time because we had just finished talking/instruction. So anyway, he was in a down position for the actual greeting. The instructor said, "Is this okay by you? You said "sit" and he is down. He is making his own choice here." She continued to explain that if she had told her dog to sit, she would expect a sit. She said, "If you tell your kids to do something, you expect them to do it , right?" My reply was, "Actually, with kids I've learned to pick and choose my battles. My only hope is that they learn to make good choices." I explained that just minutes before the "meet and greet" I was told that a "down" is a more submissive position than "sit". Therefore (particularly with a "meet and greet"), I believed Ike had made a better choice than I asked for. As I said before, Ike does know "sit" and "down" and does know the difference. At home if he goes into a down after a sit, sometimes I say, "No...I said "sit"." and he immediately pops back up to a sit.

So how strict should I be with my commands? Am I making a big mistake regarding commands and expectations.
 

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Originally Posted By: BlackGSDThese are dogs, not children.
I know. I was kind of surprised that she compared the two. I think the comparison is what got me questioning this.

I have never formally trained a dog before. I think I made the mistake of considering the situation before the command. In the moment I was actually thinking, "What a good boy! He's not up, pulling and tugging to sniff. He is actually calm and doing a nice greet." I also thought if this were a child doing the greeting, this is ideal. Ike will be meeting lots of children. Perhaps I should do the "down" command for those greetings.

Thanks for your input.
 

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Originally Posted By: JenniferHI dont have any helpful insight...If my dog is told to sit and then lays down I dont worry about it because if shes not jumping up all over people and being calm than I am happy.
I'm glad you shared your feelings about it because that is what I was thinking. I was happy he was not pulling, jumping and barking. Most likely the sit command will be used primarily as a way to keep him calm or out of the way, so I guess I figured a down is even better.

Thanks for all of the responses. I'm in training too!
 
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