How to Sit, but NOT come?

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Now that Dakota knows her basics, sit, come, stay, (stay needs work, only practiced a few times, but I bet she'll have it down by tonite!!) leave it, drop it, etc., I'm trying to work on different commands from a distance, where she's not right next to me.  When I tell her to sit, she WILL sit, but not before running up and sitting right next to me.  How can I teach her to actually sit where she is, instead of running to me, and then sitting?  I think this is important for many situations that we can/will encounter, but can't quite seem to get her to sit without coming first.

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Hi guys!!

I just saw this training done on Me or the Dog this morning

After Dakota is sitting and you've either praised her or given her a treat. Stand close to her, hand in the air, palm out, and say "STAY". Then back up a bit.. hand still in the air. Keep backing up. You might not even have to repeat it as it's all about body language..Keep moving further and further away and watch to see if she tries to get up and join you. If you do, stop her immediately and begin again. I tried it.. it works!

I will bet you 40-zip that she's doing it before your next post..

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she listens to "stay" pretty good...  I'm trying to get her to "sit" wherever she is, without running to me first.  Based on her other "practice" runs, I bet she'll be able to stay great after one more round!  

Basically, if she's somewhere in the yard, I want her to just stop what she's doing, and sit... She does stop what she's doing, and she does sit, but she will not sit where she is, she will come by me then sit.

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The trouble is - you've trained her that 'sit' means: sit next to me. I like to keep the two seperate by using 'sit' for general sitting - like if the dog is greeting someone across the room and isn't sitting - which they're supposed to at my house. And I use 'heel' to mean: sit next to me, unless I'm moving then walk next to me.

I would first sure-up the heel command and make sure she plops her little butt nice and quick. Then you can re-teach the sit. You could do this by putting her on a long leash and wrapping it over something - like a tree - so you can stand in front of her but keep her from coming. (keep the leash slack unless she starts to move)

Once she learns to sit (over there) you can mix it up and keep her honest with the leash-through-the-three. I also like to teach a sit-here (pointing to the spot).

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Alpha, thanks, that makes perfect sense, and seems pretty simple.  Thanks for the response, it's much appreciated.

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Started working on heel last night, it was fairly easy since she already knows to come and sit when called.  She doesn't quite understand that heel means come and sit in position yet, but I don't see it being a problem since when I call her that's what she does... so now it's just replacing "sit" with "heel".  If I simply tell her "heel" she kinda looks at me confused, but when I tell her to come she gets in position and I tell her heel as she sits.  I'll work on it a little tonite, and she'll probably have it down with a few more practice runs.  Then I'll work on the "sit" with the tree idea.

I tend to over-think things, and sometimes miss the most simple solutions, sometimes it's good to get that reality check.  Thanks again alpha.

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Kevin, you're doing a wonderful job with Dakota..

Be patient with yourself.... she is...

smooch that pooch

Katie and Sofia

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thanks.  She's been testing us these past few days, having a hard time not getting frustrated, but doing our best.  We have to teach her not to run up to every single person that walks by, whether we're at home, or in the park.  She loves everyone, but not everyone loves dogs unfortunately, and I don't want her just running full speed at someone.  Even though she just wants pets and attention, from the other side, that will be scary pretty soon as she starts growing.  Love her to death though, she's such an amazing girl.