A simple exercise like staying in a sit is a powerful activity for a dog.
Kip, the Irish Terrier, is a regular for Continuing Education, and gets lots of practice holding his sit in different places. Right now he’s staying with trainer Jonathan and brushing up on all his manners, as well as getting in quality playtime with his dog friends.
When you’re taking your dog for a walk, adding in simple commands to follow throughout the walk gives your dog something to focus on. The walk becomes work to them, so they’re thinking about what command you’ll give next instead of thinking about what they want to get into or chase after. We practice this constantly with our Training Camp and Continuing Education dogs, in the neighborhood, at parks, or anywhere we go. This helps them see that the same rules apply no matter where we are and makes going new places become more ordinary (and less stressful) to both human and dog.
Kip is a pro at his commands on walks.
If you’re on a walk in the neighborhood, try having your dog sit at every mailbox you pass. It only takes about 10 minutes before you’ve got a tired, relaxed dog. Mental exercise packs a punch and is very easy to incorporate into daily life.