Basic Dog Obedience Training: Sit Stay And Down

You're watching Bully Badass TV. YouTube's best channel for dog lovers. In training our dogs, we need to remember one thing and its an adage that's been around much longer than me and will be around for a long time and that there's more than one way to skin a cat.

The first thing we need to do is find a high-value reward, which they want.

A treat that is nice, soft, chewable and pretty much they can swallow it quick, for the simple fact that they want more.

And within our training, we also have to asses in our dogs what level of training we're going with because sometimes with our training and our sit and our stays and our downs, we might need to address the dog physically. Give them a little touch, a little direction, if you will, with your hand, just to get them to go to a certain location. Give them that verbal reward as well as a treat.

First we need the dog in an upstanding position and the first way we're going to show them to sit. Ra stay. Ra up. Good up.

Is we'll take the treat, and it’s a very high-value reward, you can see he's looking for it, jumping into it, and he already knows if he sits he will get it.

Ra's pretty sound as far as his obedience goes in sit, stay, down, so you won't get the best example from him, but you'll get a good idea of what you're supposed to do. As we come up and he wants the treat, he follows it, we bring it up, and we bring it right back here above the nose, and we give it to get him into a seated position.

Good sit. Good boy.

And don't be afraid, like me as a handler and a trainer I always wanted my dogs to listen to me because I'm the boss, I'm in control, I'm in command, so I used my physical praise to get what I wanted out of them. That's harder because as much as I think they want my companionship and my love, he values this way more. When we're going to our training, and everything and this high-value reward can get that out of him so don't be afraid to take your dog, use the treats and feed the healthy obedient activities that we want.


Don't reward them for running around, being aloof, not paying attention, if they're focusing on you, starring on you and not looking away, feed the activity. Feed them and give them exactly what it is that they need.

And we'll go from our site position, if we want them to go into a down is what we will do is give them a verbal command. Then take the treat and bring it to the ground, and as we bring it to the ground, we get them to follow, give them a little taste of it, Ra down. Good down. Good boy.

Ra sit. Good boy.

Always again, give them the praise, give them the treat. Feed the activity and the emotion that you want from them.

Don't get so caught up in being afraid that they're doing it for the treat because yes they are doing it for the treat at this given moment. As we get better in our training and our understanding of the dog and how they are going to react to it, we slowly take the treats away from them, and they understand that the focus is there because this is what they are taught. It's not the food they are getting; it's the reward of the learned experience and the obedience that is coming through.

And the other thing we will do is the basic stay. We put our dogs in a position, and you work with the stay, this going to be short steps. We're going to slowly back away from the dog. Stay Ra. See he already knows that in a position where he is either sitting or lying down, he is going to get rewarded so he is doing that and he is not following me. Good sit.

Still got an activity out of him that we wanted, might not be exactly what we wanted but we reward it. Feed him. Show him that you know what, for being obedient and staying within our three main goals we're working on here, the sit, down or stay he can be rewarded for it. We can change that stimulus once we get out into different areas of training and what we're going to do with that and how we're going to improve our obedience at that point in time.

Ra stay. Ra come. Good boy.

The stay is critical within our obedience because many times you will be working with your dog when you get to an intersection or a busy area of town and we're trying to keep them out of harm's way. Maybe we don't want them in a particular person's focus; we don't want any given stimuli to happen to them, so we put them in a state where they are in a safe position to where they're not into something or maybe we're working on something. Maybe I'm trying to come over here and meet somebody, and shake your hand, and I want to say Ra stay. And I walk away, want to shake somebody, meet somebody, and know that he is still going to be there and follow what I told him to do. Without wandering off or going to get into some mischief, or chase a squirrel or whatever it is he is going to do. I want him to know that he is sound within our training and getting him to focus on things.

Ra come. Good site.

The biggest thing with new training is a lot of times, everyone thinks it’s simple, and it’s easy, and a lot of these basic commands are, but we need to take our time and stay patient with them, don't rush them because dark bull breeds are very smart. They learn quickly, and they feed off our emotions so as long as we don't get frustrated with them with our activities and we take the time to get the best out of them that we're giving them, we're going to do well. So take these little basic steps, start with that and learn from there and we will be back with a little bit more advanced video for you from Bully Badass TV.