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    Long Distance Sit?

    I'm working with Kapu via whistle training. We're just starting out.
    His first command is sit - which I am only rewarding him when I blow the whistle (two short toots) and he sits. If he sits without my commanding him to do so, then no treats or praise. I am also working with him to come when he hears the whistle blowing two, long toots.

    Eventually, I would like him to sit on command no matter where he is or where I am. Let's say he's on the other end of the yard, and if I blow the whistle for him to sit, I want him to sit. But how on earth do I train him to do that? I'm afraid he'll come running, which is not what I want him to do.
    I was thinking I could possibly tie him up in various places around the yard/house and stand a few feet away (that way he can't come running to me) and then I'll blow the whistle and if he sits, I'll praise him verbally. But will that affect his recall? And will that mean he will only sit far away if he's tied up? Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Alicia
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    Re: Long Distance Sit?

    Quote Originally Posted by SunSiberians View Post
    I was thinking I could possibly tie him up in various places around the yard/house and stand a few feet away (that way he can't come running to me) and then I'll blow the whistle and if he sits, I'll praise him verbally. But will that affect his recall? And will that mean he will only sit far away if he's tied up? Any suggestions?
    Why would it affect his recall? As long as he can clearly distinguish between the 2 short toots and the 2 long toots and understands their meaning I don't think this would be an issue. But if you are just starting to introduce the whistle, I would work on the recall and the sit separately first.

    When standing near you does he currently understand that 2 short toots = sit? If not, you'll have to teach this before adding distance but I would go a step further and work with him in various locations and with you in different positions (you standing, you sitting, with him standing in front, behind and on the side of you) before adding distance. As long as he is responding about 90% of the time you can begin to gradually add distance.

    Using a tie out is fine when introducing distance. It can help get him started on working at a distance from you if he is in the habit of running to you before responding. If the tie out becomes a crutch, you can always fade it out later. An alternative would be to teach "wait", which is similar to "stay" except it is followed by another command instead of a release.
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