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Heel Position and Hand Placement for Teaching Dog Sit With Leash Video

Proper Heel Position
Proper Heel Position

We start the video by going over what the proper Heel position should look like. Placing your dog into a sit with the leash will be easier when your dog is heeling properly position. you will also have better overall control When your dog is walking on a loose leash and staying by your side.

Proper Hand Position Sit at least it is in the right area, if the dog resists use you whole palm and spread out the fingers
Proper Hand Position Sit, at least it is in the right area, if the dog resists use you whole palm and spread out the fingers

The Safe Way to Place Your Dog Into a Sit Without Causing Injuries

We then go over how to do a safe sit using the leash and collar. The safe way to place your dog into a sit involves the proper use of the left hand in placing the dog into a Sit. This dog and its owners have already had several training lessons so I don’t need to go over body positioning and/or foot work. One reason a person may want to place their dog into a sit is that food wasn’t used properly in the early stages of training. Another reason for a crooked sit is a dog that wants to do something other than a straight sit. The later is the case with this dog, it wants to chase flying geese.

A crooked sit isn’t terribly bad in itself, but it does put the dog out of position for other training exercises. When the dog is out of position it also makes controlling the dog more difficult. This is easier to see once you understand how the eight position of movement affect your dog’s behavior. Again I want to emphasize the main reason most dogs sit crooked or out of position sit is they were trained improperly using food. I am not against using food reward in training. However, even training with treats needs to be done properly for the best results.

In the video I also touch on the tradition method of placing a dog into the Sit. The traditional dog training method does work and it should not be ruled out completely. However, I find a gentler approach more useful for the average dog. The method of placement I prefer tends to take a lot of stress and strain off the dog’s skeletal structure, and it works with the majority of dogs.

There are some placement methods that should be avoided by novice handlers. One of these methods is pushing the dog into a sit toward the middle of the spine. I will point this out in the video. Pushing the dog into a sit too far forward should be avoided because it could injure your dog.

Toward the end the dog’s owners give a brief description of the dog’s behavior during this training lesson. This part of the video will be of interest to anyone who would like to participate in one of my dog training programs.

If your parents have an out of control dog show them this video. Or you might have a friends who’s dog could use better manners, share this with them, they will thank you for it.

Wishing you the best in dogs and in life,

Andrew Ledford
So Cal Dog training

Goldendoodles From Pasadena Board and Train Video

Goldendoodle from Pasadena in board and train program sitting in dog bed
Goldendoodle from Pasadena in board and train program sitting in dog bed

These two Goldendoodles are from Pasadena California, and they were enrolled in my board and train program. I try to take the dogs to a variety of training locations when they are staying with me. The red dog is a little more sensitive than the apricot dog. Usually we visit the park when it’s a little more active, but I wanted to get a video when there was good light out. The most interesting person we met on this day was a treasure hunter with a metal detector. We had a nice chat with him and then it was time for me and the dogs to go home. The video of our chat was edited out. The dogs were well behaved, but I didn’t think the treasure hunter wanted to be in the video.

Goldendoodle trained to stay in its dog bed by the door in my office
Goldendoodle trained to stay in its dog bed by the door in my office

Our usual walk in the park is around sunset or early evening. At that time the park is full of activity. Some of the distractions we see on a nightly basis are basket ball games, soccer, people exercising, friends and neighbors walking, jogging, and of course other dog walkers. The diverse activities provide quite a few distractions for the dogs.

I wish I had video of these dogs when they starting their training. By the time I got my new camera both dogs were fairly well behaved.

Unlike some of my other videos I don’t think you will pick up many training tips from watching this video. However, it is kind of fun to see how the new dog cam rig works. This is the first edition. I think I can make it better in the future. There is a lot of camera wobble. Maybe I can teach the dogs to glide along instead of the wobble, wobble gait they are using. In the future I will try some new training techniques that may help stabilize the video. Now that I think about it, training for a smother walk might also help teach the dogs a more precise Heel (walking by the handler’s side).

Training a terripoo poodle terrier

Here is a short video of a very active terripoo walking on a loose leash. This is from an in home dog training lesson. We even walked by a barking dog without much of a problem. This is a big accomplishment for such a happy and excitable young dog. I expect this dog will be doing much better with barking dog the next time I see it.

You will notice I do use leash prompts when training dogs. I think most people will have no problem using the leash in this manner. For those who do not like the leash prompt a well conditioned Heel taught with food can accomplish the same thing.

Dog Sitting waiting to have the leash put on

Teach your dog to Sit before you put it on the leash