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JR Sit Means Sit dog trainer shows how she works with a puppy

9 yr old Jr Sit Means Sit trainer, Celia works with 14 wk old puppy doing intro to the place command drills

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German Shepherd Puppy training day # 3 all raw footage

German Shepherd Puppy training day # 3 Off leash using treats and Sit Means Sit collar all raw footage

This will be the beginning of a series of clips as we follow this young puppy through it’s training. We hope you enjoy the progress as much as we enjoy working with puppies. Feel free to email us or call with questions about training your puppy

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Learning how to play together with Rhonda & Tracer.

These short clips demonstrate the sort of enjoyment that can come out of learning how to play with your dog. Here you will see Sit Means Sit Hawaii dog trainer Rhonda Sanchez, as she plays with Tracer a young female Malinois.

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Puppy training at 3 months old

This clip is from our Palm Beach Florida location. Here you will see how K9 Officer Bob Burnell works with his three month old Vizsla mix puppy. You will see how he uses his body, his clam voice, treats and our SMS collar to communicate with this very happy and energetic puppy. While this is a young dog you can see how valuable it is to establish a level of understanding and mutual respect so as to ensure learning takes place at levels of her maturing process. With the implementation of our time tested and proven Sit Means Sit training, Kacey handles the distractions around her in this clip with amazing ease.

“This is Kacey, at her first expo- The South Florida Police Expo. Kacey is a 3 month old Vizsla mix. It was great to expose her to all the people, lights, and sounds. She did great with everything. Shown here is some work we did with her on stage. Kacey was very thrilled to do the work as you can plainly see in the video. We want to make training fun for you and fun for the dog. In this way, you both will learn something and enjoy the process. Got puppy, we can help you with that.”

Bob & Eileen Burnell
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Our boy Beck in action

Having Fun! Beck, Celia (mini me) Rico

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Heel to Front Learning Progressions

We all enjoy off leash fun with our dogs and sometimes it’s exciting to add a little spice to even the most basic skills. This clip demonstrates how we are always looking for creative ways to help our dogs learn a new skill. A pillar for this principle, is found in using our resources in creating boundaries to ensure the highest probability of a successful outcome as quickly as possible. Here you will see how we use cargo boxes and the tops, to help ensure a defined area is set to perform the skills of a “Heel” and “Front.”

Naturally we begin with a leash as a simple guide and we quickly remove the leash and make the progressions seen here in the video. Our Sit Means Sit teaching language is clearly demonstrated in this clip. As the old saying goes “it’s not the plane it’s the pilot” The same holds true with Sit Means Sit and that is why we teach you how to pursue the potential of your dog with our one on one training classes.


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Example of High level control and awareness.

This is a clip of Sit Means Sit Creator and Ceo, Fred Hassen’s young dog Rex. Here Fred once again reinforces the value of solid foundational control of the dogs desire and the dogs ability to be aware of his body related to the handler and later the decoy. While this dog is young and has low volumes of bitework, he is advanced in many other areas of his work as you can imagine form this clip.
This just shows the very beginnings of having a dog both steady, but yet biting and barking with desire. This will transition into a solid bark and hold from anywhere, and stopping out of movement away from decoys, and going right into a bark and hold. All barks in this video are on command, as he already knows that.

We want him to bark when we tell him to, but we do not want him going crazy and just barking anytime he sees a bitesuit, or in a police situation where he has to be quiet as well. Having the dog aware of his body and confident in all of his movements, brings all of the energy forward into what you want the behavior to be, or a chain of behaviors in succession. This dog is a little over a year and a half, and has very little bitework, as he has been just a competitive dockdog (www.dockdogs.com) thus far.

While this clips looks simple enough, the reality of the difficulty is when you begin trying it out, be patient the rewards are great!


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Keeping It Neutral

One of the hardest concepts for any of us to grasp is that our Sit Means Sit collar is a “neutral” training aid. What this means is we de-emphasize the presence of the SMS collar to the dog while still utilizing it during training.  But why is this so important?

The goal of most dog obedience programs is toLeonard
build the relationship with your dog to the point where training aids are no longer needed. Eventually, your dog will respond to your commands (verbal or otherwise) because of the bond that was created through the progression of the training exercises performed in conjunction with the trainer’s communication aid of choice.  These aids need to be looked at as only a part of the training regimen; the aids are not the regimen.  To use an analogy:

When I was first learning how to ride a bicycle, I rode one that had training wheels.  During the learning process, however, the training wheels were never really emphasized.  The principles that were stressed to me were safety, balance, turning and the rules of the road.  As a result, when the training wheels were removed, I barely noticed that they were gone as I rode around enjoying my new found mobility.  In my mind, they had never been a large factor in learning to ride so I never gave it a second thought when they weren’t there anymore.  Now imagine if my father had made a big deal of the fact that the bicycle on which I was learning had training wheels.  I’d probably look for them every time I got on the bicycle and I might have been too scared to ride without them.
Now take this same thought process and apply it to training our dogs with the SMS collar and its role in the learning process. If we make a big fuss about putting on the collar and purposely display the remote to the dog every time we use it, we would be setting ourselves up (along with our dogs) to fall into a trap. With the press of a button we are able to communicate with the dog at both short and long range distances. The delivery of this communication does not require overt gesturing with the remote or your body.  I’ve personally witnessed a few incidents in which the remote was pointed at the dog much like one points the remote control at the television when changing channels.  Doing this presents a visual picture that is more complicated , unnecessary and can be detrimental to the training process and its results.

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When used properly, the SMS collar teaches the dog to listen to the owner by increasing the dog’s focus on its owner’s commands, not the tap or presence of the SMS collar. When the SMS collar is implemented correctly, in concert with keeping the training exercises at the forefront, you will find that the SMS collar blends into the foundation of your relationship with your dog.  Additionally, we always emphasize the value of repetition to our clients and advocate using the SMS Collar consistently for a period of 12 weeks.  This volume of repetition behind you allows the language of our Sit Means Sit program to solidify in a way that produces comprehension of your commands in almost any situation. The outcome is a happy, obedient dog that listens to you anywhere, anytime!

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