How To Teach Your Dog To Sit Beside You – Professional Dog Training Tips!

– Get in. Now there's lots of reasons
why you'd want your dog to move into this heel position, whether you're training them
to walk on a loose leash, you're trying to stop them
from jumping up on someone or something, or you're
just trying to get control of them in a really busy environment. Sure is busy here in New York City. Lotta people here at the DMV. Lots of hustle and bustle here in Egypt. It's actually a green screen, but you get the point. Actually for those of you who are really paying close attention,
totally different dog too. Today I'm gonna teach you
guys how to do this exercise with your dog so that your dog moves
into your side reliably. I'm Ken Steepe, this is Funkee Monkee, and welcome back to McCann Dogs. (guitar music) (dog barking) Now our helper for this week
is our young border collie named Bee-Line, and if you have a friendly dog, Bee-Line's a little bit of a wiggle bum, and if you have a friendly dog, then you're really gonna wanna use some very valuable treats,
something that they really like. If you're not sure what
that might be for your dog, then you should definitely
check out our video on the best homemade dog training treats. We help over 500 dogs every single week to be well behaved family members, and there aren't many dogs who can resist the temptation of the
treats that we talk about in that video. But getting back to things, I want you to be using a
treat or some sort of reward for your dog that they really like, and for Bee-Line today I've got some peanut butter Zuke's treats, which I know that she really finds tasty. So all I wanna do is just
move her around a little bit. You'll see me luring her around, getting her really
comfortable with the idea of following the food. And then we're gonna move to step two. And if you're trying to teach your dog to move into the heel position, it's really important
that they aren't already sitting beside you. You know there's no sense
in trying to lure them into that position if
they're already there. For Bee-Line I'm actually
gonna use this treat and I'm gonna move her from in front of me in beside me. And when I talk about getting
into that heel position, I'm actually gonna use the phrase get in. And I'm gonna show you how
powerful those two words can be after a few repetitions
of just showing Bee-Line. So at first before we
give her that command, I'm just gonna show her this treat and I'm gonna bring her in at my side. Now there's a couple things, good girl, good so she followed that really well. And as she remains in position, I can yes and reward her, but there's a couple of
really important things that we need to focus
on that happen there. And Bee-Line moved into
that position so quickly, I'm gonna slow it down and
show you exactly what I mean. So have a look at this closely. I'm using my hand, okay, I'm using my hand to
bring Bee-Line behind me, and then I'm turning my knuckles around. I'm bringing my knuckles to face forward, and that'll allow me to bring her up into my side and line
her up really easily. Good girl, good get in. Nice job. So I want you to focus on that. A lot of people really struggle as they bring their dog around and then they can't turn their shoulders, so the moment I get Bee-Line into my side, I'll show you again, okay. Okay Bee. As I bring Bee-Line past
the plane of my body, I flip my knuckles forward, you see that, and I bring her forward
and ask her to sit. Good job buddy, way to go. Now we don't wanna have to depend on having food in our hands
as we're asking our dog to get into that heel position, so here's what I want you to do. I want you to try that exact same thing with no food in your hands, but try to make it look like
you do have food in your hands. This'll present the same
picture to your dog, and you can have the
same expectations of them as you're working it. So we're gonna tell Bee-Line
to get in, good girly. And sit, yes, good job Bee, very nice. And you can absolutely reward
them for a job well done once they're there. You just don't have
food in your luring hand as you're showing them
how to get into position. As we're working towards having this skill on the verbal only, we need to reduce the
amount that we're actually luring the dog. So let's try this with Bee-Line, okay, and I'm gonna reduce the actual
hand signal that I've got. I'm might use still a
little bit more body motion because I know she'll follow that well, but I won't use quite as much hand. And this is all working towards the point where we can do this entirely on a verbal. But I'm gonna tell her
the exact same thing. Get in, and then move back a little bit, maybe a little less hand, ask her to sit. Beautiful, yes good girl. And when she moves into that position, she gets rewarded. Now as you're training your dog at home, if there's a point where
they just didn't seem to understand it as well, take a step back, make it a
little bit easier for them. But the most important
part is that you lead every time with that phrase
and for us it's get in, and then moving into that get in position, until you're at a point where
you can just ask your dog to get in on verbal only. Now if Bee-Line were to make a mistake, after I've moved her into
that get in position, and Bee-Line were to get
up and out of position, it's really simple. All I need to do is just move her back, I'll guide her back with my
leash, place her in position, and then praise her. You know I'm not mad about
it, she just doesn't have a clear understanding
of my expectation of her that she needs to remain in position, and I'm gonna reward her after she's spent a few seconds in that get in position. Yes, good girl. A really important thing to keep in mind is that there's no tension on your leash. A lotta people when they
start this position, they'll hold their dog there. It's really important
Bee-Line gets a chance to make a choice, to remain in position. That way I can reward her
when she doesn't move. The other great part
about having a loose leash when your dog is in this position is that we can move to a
leash dragging scenario as she's in training, maybe we're working in a
tough distracting environment and I'd like to have her leash dragging, or we can go to a totally
off-leash scenario where she still remains
in that get in position and I can reward her as such, but she's not dependent on
that tension on her leash for her to remain there. Make sure you take your
time with this exercise. The progressions are relatively small, but it's really important that your dog has a thorough understanding
of what you expect of them before you take the next step. And that way you'll have
that really reliable sit and start position with your dog or your get in to heel
position with your dog, and you can know that
they're gonna remain there and you really know that they understand what you're asking of them. Now if this is your
first time on the channel and you consider your dog
a member of the family, make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish new videos very single week to help you have a well behaved
four-legged family member. That video beside me
is actually a playlist of some of our livestreams
where we've helped some of our subscribers to overcome their dog training challenges. On that note, I'm Ken, this is little Bee-Line, happy training. (electronic music)

8 thoughts on “How To Teach Your Dog To Sit Beside You – Professional Dog Training Tips!”

  1. We really like using this skill as a "starting position", or a position where they can be in a safe place when you're in a busy environment! I hope you find this video helpful with your four-legged family member. If you're currently training your dog, you'll want to check out our Grade 1 students playlist that features some of the resources we share with our obedience students: for watching! Happy Training! ~Ken

  2. Love your videos. A lot of help for me right now. I haven’t had a puppy in 20 years. Here goes!
    Thanks. Cheers.

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