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So we’re going to teach her using a lure, that’s a treat in my hand that’s gonna manipulate her body into the right position. You ready? Let’s go. So I take the treat and put it in front of her nose, move it back over her head, and then I click and give her a treat.
Now the clicker is a very precise way of marking behaviors. It lets Zoe know when she’s done the action that will pay off with a food reward. Alright, let’s try that once more with the lure, treat in hand, over the nose. Oh she’s so good, this is really easy.
Now the problem with using a lure like this is dogs can become dependent on it and if I don’t have a treat in my hand she might say “No thanks, I’m not going to sit today.” We don’t want that to happen so we’re going to make Zoe work a little bit harder this time. I’m gonna toss the treat to get her moving, now I’m not going to lure her this time I just want to see what she’ll do on her own. She’s a genius. That was so perfect.
Now we’re going to teach her English. I’m going to teach her the word sit. So this time I’m going to tell her –sit – what she’s doing as she’s doing it. It’s gonna take a bunch of repetitions before Zoe makes the connection between the word sit and the action she’s performing.
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Start out by using a treat to get your dog to sit, then mark the behavior with a clicker. Next you can move on to teaching your dog the word "sit." Watch the clip to see how to perform each step, and pretty soon you'll be on your way to having a well-trained puppy.
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