This video will assist you with teaching your dog to find value in your side position. This is a very important core behavior, because it helps build value for walking on a leash, stay position, heel position, and more. It is an important one to start with for that reason.
The instructor is right handed, so she will demonstrate the behavior with her right hand. However, if you have goals for the obedience ring, you will want to start this lesson on your left side using your left hand.
The instructor places cookies in her hand, and shows her dog (who is at her front) the cookies. She then lures the dog all the way behind her leg (right hand, right leg – left hand, left leg). The instructor then turns her wrist, steps forward, luring the dog to her side, and up until he sits.
Once the dog sits, the instructor continues to feed the dog for as long as he remains in the sit by her side. Remember, the goal is to bring value to the dog for being at the side instead of being in the front of the handler so that it will be easier to later teach him behaviors such as walking nicely on a leash.
When the instructor is ready for the dog to move, she stops feeding, gently nudges the dog out of position, and pairs the movement with the release word, “break”.
(Two Video Demonstrations)
Placement of reward as well as the trainer mechanics can affect how straight and tight the dog ends up sitting at your side. (One Video Demonstration)