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?