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How can i make my pup stop....

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Being too sticky when i need to do something while i'm on my knees, or sitting on the floor?

Couple of days ago my water heater was shot, and we had a huge leak in our yard, the flame was still going and i went out to put it out so the boiler wouldn't overheat and go boom..

So when i was on my knees trying to reach for the control Apollo would stick his nose were my hands were...and when he realised it was boring he would use me as a bench, and he started to lie on me.... i pushed him once because i didn't want him to push me into the flame, and that got him going! splashing the water all over me (i admit that was funny) but i got soaking wet from his zoomie..

What i would like to know.. is how can i let the dog know when he can come near, and when he can come closer... sounds like a sit and wait would work, but since that is what i did and curiosity won over the obedience (OH WHAT IS DADY DOING THERE!?).. i think there should be other way..
I don't want to tether the dog.. i would feel that i'm going around the problem and not trying to solve it in a positive way.
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I did it with a marker (clicker). Here's a good video.
I taught Tucker to go to his "place", which at the time was his bed. But it's also how I taught him to go to his crate. You could teach the pup to go to his mat, then move his mat into his doghouse to train "go to your house".
Thanks for that, Elana. I can use that information in my own training with Tucker. What I'm learning is that it's harder to re-train than it is to do it right the first time. Since this is my first dog that I'm completely responsible for, I'll give myself a break. But good info nonetheless.

I'm curious how you go about putting the dog back into whatever state you asked him to be in...for example, when I've asked my dog to stay in a down, and when I see he's gotten up, or is about to, how to do put him back down quickly? I usually ask for him to go back down, wait a few seconds, then release him. Is there something I should be doing differently?
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