"Sit," "down," and "stand" are what we're talking about when we talk about positions. Almost everyone is familiar with sit and down and can teach them to their dog even without some fancy dog training app. Stand is a little trickier and less of an obvious need, but still quite useful, especially at the vet and the groomer.

The most important thing to know about positions is when and how to use them. If you tell your dog to "sit" all the time, he'll start ignoring you.

At Harper, we address this by teaching "default" positions. That is, your dog gets into the appropriate position without you having to ask. For example, when your dog walks up to someone new, he automatically sits because he's learned that, if wants a pet, he needs to sit first. In this way, you don't have to say "sit" as often, and your dog is less likely to ignore the cue.

Another important aspect of positions is the idea of the position + stay: sit-stay, down-stay, and stand-stay. A sit is not particularly useful if your dog immediately gets up, so we show you how to teach the idea that sit means "sit until I release you."