Today I worked on re-enforcing the “Sit” command with Bentley.  He already kind of knows it, but I really wanted to hammer it home, and make sure he starts to get the difference between “Sit” and “Down”.  Bentley’s a really smart pup, so this was actually hard… for me.  He would anticipate what I was asking and give the behavior before I even asked for it!  But you never want to have your dog dictating when he gets treats/food.  Just because he sits nicely doesn’t mean he gets something, I have to ask for it first.  Food and affection must always be done on your terms, not his.  Keeping him leashed during the exercise helped because I could then get him to stand back up the times when he sat without me asking or gave me “Down” instead of “Sit”.

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