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Here is your 8th training lesson.  

Your 2nd Lesson in Intermediate Obedience

As you move on to the next level of skills, remember, if you need to go back to earlier lessons for review, feel free to do it. You may have experienced some learning regression within the last few weeks. This is normal. Be patient your dog will remember the skills if you help them through it.

The big skills this week are continuing the motion exercises. Down out of motion is our next skill. And keeping in line with the front exercises, we introduce the sit from the front position.

Skills are developed by repetition. Repeat each skill 4 to 6 times to ensure patterns are being set.

Review the Heel to down your dog...

Heel to the down position

Heel and down

From a walking position command the dog "Down".

Use your left hand to signal, by motioning toward the ground. Treats in the left hand can help your dog learn this skill quickly.


If he  fails to respond, correct by placing your left hand on top of  collar and gently pushing down and toward the back as you repeat the "Down" command.

Praise and pet when he responds.



Down out of motion.

Lesson 8

Down out of motion

From the neutral position command your dog to "Heel".

Take a few  steps, switch the leash to the left hand, place the right foot in front of the dog, command the dog down moving the right hand down, and place the treat between the two front paws.

To correct, tug the leash toward you, say "No", then praise and pet.


Laying down with elbows touching first

Sit from the front position.


Sit from the front position

With your dog in the down position.

Stand in front of the dog.

While the dog is in the down position,  hold the treat in your right hand and lift as you command the dog  to "Sit".

If he fails to respond, tug upward while holding the  leash in the left hand.Give the command "No", step forward and  move the right hand upward, and again give the command "Sit".

Pet and praise when they respond.

- OR - 

From the down position, step in front of the dog. As you lift your right hand, command the dog to "Sit".

Step forward and let the dog see the treat.

Step back with the treat in your hand so that the  dog follows it, then bring your hands up and command the dog to  "Sit".

To correct, with the leash in the left hand, tug toward you as you give verbal and hand signal to "Sit".

Praise and pet when they respond


Dog in a sit stay

Continue working the Off Leash Recall...

Off leash Recall

By now we should be able to call your dog in from a sit stay from a fair amount of distance, without the leash. As your dog is successful keep adding more and more distance between you and your dog. If you dog is unable to complete the off leash recall, put the leash back on and repeat several times. Try again off leash.

  • Place your dog in a sit stay and walk away.
  • Call your dog with the come command.
  • Encourage your dog if necessary to come directly to you. When they get in front of you command a sit with your dog facing you.
  • Finish your dog to the heel position.

Command the dog to "Sit" if needed.


Dog in an off leash recall


Keep working Finish your dog.



Keep working the finish skill until your dog flies into this position.

Face the dog and hold the leash in your right hand.

Place your  left hand under his chin.

Motion the dog with your hand to your  left as you take a step back and the dog makes a semicircle and  comes to sit at your left side.


If the dog has problems  with this, assist with gentle tugs of the leash. (To much leash promotes resistance)

Make sure the dog is sitting straight at your side. If not, quickly command the dog  to "Heel", take a few steps forward and command the dog to "Sit". 

Repeat this step until the dog sits straight at your side.

This exercise may still require motivation with treats or a toy to get your dog to put in enough energy to complete the move. This is normal. This exercise requires a lot of effort from your dog, so help them as much as possible until the skill is automatic.


Attentive Heel Sit Position

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Practice these skills several times a day throughout your training course.