By teaching and emphasizing sitting, you are also preventing and replacing JUMPING UP. Your aim is to teach dogs to sit attentively and look fondly toward a prospective adopter. These skills create a dog who looks adoringly at its prospective owner, is polite, and behaves and looks ‘smart and attentive’ for a long-lasting adoptive placement.
The sit-and-be-attentive also becomes a default behavior whenever the dog wants something, which is a behavior most everyone desires in their dog.
What you will need:
Loads of yummy, high value treats (soft and small, or easily broken off)
Goal: The dog will offer a sit-with-attention behavior to whomever is holding the leash. Also teaches the dog how to learn.
To Test the dog, follow these steps:
From here—do not LURE (food in the hand and hand at the dog’s nose) to get him to sit. Simply resume the next session by showing the dog the wonderful treats awaiting him in your hand, and stand and wait. Let the dog figure it out. It exercises his mind. Besides, the more you LURE, the more the dog can become dependent on it—which is not what you want.
FOR THE DURATION OF THE DOG’S STAY AT THE SHELTER, always REWARD behaviors with food.