I have a one year old Airedale Terrier, Prancer, and a six week old Airedale Terrier puppy, Brisk. They are both boys. Anyway, I am really wanting to teach Prancer how to sit on command. I know Airedales are supposed to be smart dogs, but he just isn't getting it. I stand in front of him and tell him to sit, but he just looks at me. I hold a treat right above his nose, and he just jumps for it! I tried moving it back over his head, like this one dog book said to do, but he just keeps backing up! I always say, "Prancer, sit." A lot of time he will just loose interest in what I am doing and wander off, unless I have a liver treat. I always put the treat righ in level with his nose, and all he does is jumps for it and tries to snatch it out of my hand. There was one time when he actually sat. I don't think he was following a command though. He just seemed to be getting bored. lol But, of course, I praised him! I told him he was a good dog. There have been a few times that he has gotten almost into a sit, but I still rewarded him for it. When he did sit that one time, and after I praised him, I tried to use the command "release" and it really did nothing. I try to keep the training sessions short, like 5 minutes. I would really appreciate any feedback.
Go to obediace class. He is board, they are smart dogs. He is looking at you like ok lady what is your point. Put him in a sit, and praise him. Release, do it again, etc. Only stupid dogs follow the treat above their head into a sit. the smart ones jump up for it or back up.
It sounds to me like you have never done this before, and you are tring to learn from books. It really doesn't work well. Take one dog to basic, and remember what you learn.
What you have to do is to provoke to perform the action that you want then when he is sitting tell him in a playful voice "good sit" and then repeat the action. I wouldn't worry about the release as yet, just the sit. Make your sessions short and fun. And don't reward him unless he does the action you want. If you reward him when he half does what you ask you will just confuse him. Good Luck and don't forget to have fun.
The smart dog is the one who jumps up whne you hold a treat over his head, lol. Unless he was in a 'leave it' or 'stay' command at the time, then he is obviously going to go for the treat.
Treats are used after the action has been done as asked, at least thats my way.
A training class is definitely in order here. The 6 week old unless he was born with you is too young to be away from his mom. He will not even be old enough to attend puppy classes for a bit yet. Take the older one to a basic obedience class now then the puppy, when old enough.
Especially if you want to use a release command. You have to train the release first. You do this by saying the release word and immediatly rewarding the dog with a treat or toy. Keep doing it, till the dog hears the release command and comes and gets a treat.
Now you can train sit. What I do is I have treats on me all the time when I am teaching the dog it's foundation. I wait for the dog to sit, and then immiediatly give the release command. I do give a command to sit. Soon you will the dog offering sit. Now you can say sit right before the dog does it, wait a second give the release command and reward. Tada
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I foster dogs, and have taught old dogs, puppies, smart dogs, and well, less than smart dogs to sit. The approach depends on the dog. My own forever dog could care less about a treat as a reward - that purely offends him. If a ball is not involved, he has better things to do. My new, current foster, however, loves treats and once he mastered sit and connected the dots about what training was about, he became nearly obsessed with it and loves it. He didn't start out understanding it, however. It sounds like your dog is at the same place he was when I got him - he just hasn't quite made the important first connection yet - he doesn't get that you're trying to get him to DO something yet, he just sees you holding a treat over his head and can't for the life of him figure out why you won't give it to him. (The same place my foster was in). So wait until he sits on his own, and then be there with reward in hand and lots of praise, and be sure to praise with the command word "Goood sit, Fido, good sit!" He likely won't get it right away still, but one day the lightbulb will click and I bet you'll be suprised how quickly he can catch on after that. Repeat the praise each time he sits on his own, and after each one try to coax him to do it again. Be VERY patient - oftentimes they have to think it through and try to reason out what it was you praised and rewarded them for, and plenty of times they don't pick the right thing. He may think you were proud that he looked left, or quit scratching, or whatever else he might have done at that moment too, so give him a chance to figure it out. Give him a few seconds to mull it over each time. He may eventually get bored of trying to get the treat and sit down out of boredom. Every dog is different, so you have to adapt to each one differently.
Always always keep sessions fun and end on a positive note. Have something he CAN do, and if he doesn't learn what you want him to after say 3 or 4 tries, back up to something he *does* know so he can be praised and rewarded and feel happy about the session. You never want them to dread training - it has to stay fun for both of you. (I've learned the easiest fall back trick is "come." Most any dog will come if you have a treat in your hand. If your dog doesn't know come yet, start by walking two steps away and calling him. Even if he follows you, while you were giving the come command, he learned the first part of come, so praise him "good come, good come!" and treat when he arives at you. This then becomes your fall-back command while he's learning sit. And once he masters sit, come and sit become your fall back commands for down, etc.
Keep sessions short (5 minutes is just right in the beginning, and no repeating the same trick more than 5 times or he'll get bored). And I can't stress enough, always keep it positive, never punish. We all get frustrated some days, and if you do, stop right then and try again another time when you're calmer again. Your dog wants so much to make you proud, and it sounds like you want to have fun with him - you two can definitely do this. Good luck!
(PS - if the younger one picks up on it first - use him as a model and let the older one watch - I've had fosters learn by watching my forever dog, especially laying down. It's too cute!)