Sit by my side

The “Sit by my Side” game will help you with loose lead walking so please practice the game very regularly this week.

It is easy, no excuses, as you can practice it every time your puppy sits in front of you!

We tend to always reward our puppy when they are sitting in front of us; this means that we are never giving a value for the puppies to be sitting at our side.

But when you want your puppy to walk at heel (with or without a lead) you are asking your puppy to walk next to you, so you need to start to give value to this position.

  • Ask your puppy to sit
  • If your puppy sits (most likely in front of you) – Click
  • Leave you puppy sitting and then reposition yourself to the side of your puppy and then reward whilst it is now at your side. Your puppy should be as close as possible to your leg, sitting at your side

Practice this exercise every day and each time your puppy is sitting. With time your puppy will start to find value to sit by your side rather than in front of you.

At the end of the week your puppy should be able to sit comfortably at your side and offer the behaviour naturally without you needing to reposition yourself to the side of your puppy.