I was reading thru the list of possible "stations" for rally. When at a "sit" station the dog HAS to sit next to you? Same with down? (unless it specifies that the dog is to come front)
Is that right?
Looks like I need to review some basic commands, i always make him do these things in front of me (exept sit which he does do in a heel position)
Another newbie here. Been lurking over here for awhile. Miles starts Rally training in January!
Yes - unless otherwise directed, they should sit at your left in the heel position. Any sign that says "halt" first, also indicates that the dog should sit first and then do whatever else the sign says.
Ok, thanks! Best to start cleaning up my bad habits before i start classesOriginally Posted by patm
Yes, believe the downs are always by your left side as well. This has been really hard for us, as Angus always tends to want to turn his butt outward so he's facing me more. :
You can try training beside a wall or a sofa. This has helped Angus understand that down at my side means in heel position.
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Yeah Rocky is the same. He knows his commands but - he's very lazy and odd about getting into them! His "roll over" is a wild thing that is abit of a floor dance at the same time but it makes me laugh so i don't have the heart to correct himOriginally Posted by AngusFangus
Having him lay down in the "correct" position will take some training - thank you for the tips (using the wall)
FYI, there is one sign that I saw a lot of Nov A people have trouble with last weekend. It is halt-sit-down. They were reading it as halt-"sit down". I guess some people use the words "sit down" to mean sit but that isn't the way it works in Rally. Every word has it's own meaning...sit means sit and down means down. In that particular exercise, the dog would be in a down position when he moves out to heel.