The Importance and Benefit Of Different Positions in Dog Training: Sit, Down, and Stand


Video of Dog Transitioning Through The Commands

At our dog training facility in Northern Virginia, we are big advocates for teaching as many different positions to the dog as possible.  This is done in order to have a useful command based off of the scenario that you are currently in.

The sit command has many great benefits! For example, we use this daily for door manners.  Additionally, we use the sit for every day obedience training while working the dogs when we only plan to leave the dog in a command for a short amount of time. You will see this done in literally hundreds of our YouTube videos.  Also, we often times use the sit command for allowing people to calmly and controllably greet the dog, as well as using it for food manners (making them wait for their food until we release them).

The most advantageous purpose of the down command is the ability to leave the dog in a position for a prolonged period of time and the dog can relax and be comfortable. Anytime I plan to leave a dog in a specific position/spot for more than a minute or two, I will always down them.

Stand is one of the most underutilized and least thought of command; however, we use it on a daily basis! The great thing about the stand command is that it makes grooming your dog so much better and easy! You just tell them to “stand” and then you can groom them, brush them, give them flea medicine, etc. It’s a command that every groomer in America wished every dog they worked with knew!

Also, I am big on teaching the dog to “transition” through all of these commands; meaning, telling them to down, pop them up into a sit, then to a stand, to a down, etc. So, they learn to transition among the commands.

Many trainers and owners teach the commands independently; however, they do not teach the dog how to actually “transition” through the commands.

About Off Leash K9 Training

My name is Nick White, I am the owner of Off-Leash K9 Training. I am a former US Marine Iraq War Veteran, and former US Secret Service, also, I currently have 12 locations in the United States. We specialize in basic obedience, advanced obedience, personal protection, and drug detection. About us: As you will see, our client list includes: NBA Star John Wall, UFC World Champion Jon "Bones" Jones, World Champion Boxer Roy Jones Jr, UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer, film star Ron Jeremy, 3x UFC Champion Rich "Ace" Franklin, WWF World Champion Iron Sheik, Kane Hodder ("Jason" from the Friday the 13th movies), the staff from the hit show "Operation Repo," and Elliot's dog from Elliot in the Morning on DC 101! See them in our highlight video here: We also had yahoo do a special on us, as well! As you will see on our website, we are getting a lot of publicity and it's continually growing! We've had American Legion, US Military Veterans, NoVa Dog Magazine, Military Times Magazine, Smart CEO Magazine, and The Virginia and Maryland Dog Magazine do stories on us (just to name a few). You can see all of these articles if you go to our "About Us" page of website and scroll to the bottom. We are also the official trainers for ABC's "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson." Recently, we were named one of the top trainers in the world by the Dogington Post! There are over 400 videos of dogs we have trained on YouTube so you can see the amazing results we get verse us just tell you about it, so we would highly encourage you to check out our Youtube Channel and was some of the stuff we do! Thank you for your interest in our amazing training. -Nick

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