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Teaching your Puppy positional changes

What we learnt on Puppy Academy: Week Six


Once you and your dog have mastered the basic commands, sit, drop and stand, you can begin to teach your buddy positional changes where you give these commands in succession.

It is vital that through the training process, you have distinguished hand signals for each command so as not to confuse your dog.

  • Begin by asking your buddy to sit. Once they are in the sitting position, reward them and ensure they stay in the sitting position waiting for the next command by using the stay command if necessary.
  • From sit, ask your buddy to drop. Again, treat them once they have dropped and ensure they stay in this position until you give them the next command.
  • If your pup gets confused, return them to the previous position and use the stay command until you provide the next instruction.

Practice positional changes using the following sequence:
Sit, drop, sit, stand, drop, stand

Important things to remember:

  • Keep it fun and remember to praise and reward your buddy for doing a good job.
  • Ensure your hand signals are clear and direct so your puppy knows exactly what you are asking of them.

Teaching your Puppy Distance Commands

With continuous training and practice, ideally your puppy should be able to ‘stay’ for at least 10 seconds and have mastered position changes without a food reward.

Once your buddy has this down-pat, we can then start to teach verbal commands and hand signals from a distance.

Tips for Teaching your Puppy Distance Commands:

  • Start by practicing a basic ‘stay’. Reinforce this command a few times until your puppy is remaining in the same position for approximately five to 10 seconds.
  • Once your puppy gives a reliable ‘stay’, take a couple of steps backward and ask your puppy to ‘drop’.
  • If they jump up or get confused, return to your puppy and try again.
  • If your puppy drops as commanded, immediately return to your buddy to give plenty of praise and rewards!

Practice this exercise a few more times. If your puppy changes position successfully each time, try making it a little more challenging by giving the ‘drop’ command – hold for a couple of seconds – then ask him to come back into a sit.

Important things to remember:

  • Praise and reward your puppy for each successful position change to remind them how clever they are and that learning is fun.
  • Keep your hand signals clear and direct.
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What else we learnt: How to teach your Puppy stand.

Teaching your buddy to stand is a great command, particularly for health and veterinary appointments or grooming. Your pup can commence a stand from the sit or drop position.

Tips for helping your pup to learn to stand

  • Kneel down with your pup to improve your control and to ensure you are not bending incorrectly or over your puppy.
  • Hold a treat in your hand and place it in front of your pup’s nose then slowly move the treat away from your pup’s nose to encourage your pup to move into the stand position by following the treat. Ensure you are not holding the treat too high or too low.
  • Once your puppy moves into the stand position, say the command ‘stand’ once only (do not repeat the command) and reward.
  • Release your puppy (using your release word).
  • Reward with treats and lots of praise
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  1. The PETstock Puppy Academy Competition is open to Australian residents only aged 13 years and over excluding employees of PETstock or any other company linked to the competition in any way. By entering the Competition, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.
  2. To enter, entrants must share a video of themselves and their dog trying one of the Puppy Academy tips below the appropriate Facebook posts on the PETstock Facebook page at www.facebook.com.au/PETstock.
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