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    I'm new to all of this and trying to figure it all out. I've found a class we will attend ( once I have a puppy) . I've read different opinions teaching sit or not to teach the sit command to a dog you plan to show. I guess the idea is you dont want them to sit in the ring. Others say teach it , but also teach a stand command. What do you do?
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    I'm not sure about a show dog, or what the rules are for showing your dog, but I did teach my two the sit command, using treats.
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    It doesn't really matter, because once they learn what to do in the ring it's not a problem, because your not going to give the "sit" command in the ring.
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    Can't help with show dogs, but teaching sit was very important in our house. I put my dogs in a sit before everything they do. Before they're food gets put down, they sit. Before I throw a ball/toy they sit. Before the door to go out opens they sit. But have no idea if your showing them.

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    Thanks everyone. @Davidh there is sooo much to learn I almost feel lost. Just chosing a show lead ( what type ect. ) is almost overwhelming. Am I just over thinking all of this?
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    @dozersmama the best way is to just go to shows and talk to people who show and see what they use and get their opinions.
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    I plan on going to a local speciality show next week. Ive been to shows before but at that point I didn't think I would be involved for many years ....if ever.
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    We taught all our dogs to sit. David is right. they learn what to do in the ring. I showed my male bullmastiff for several years. As long as I remembered that I was having fun, Norton did too. When it got serious we both lost interest! I may someday go back in the ring with a bulldog. I had to run too much with Norton! I will never forget when he decided to "sing" the National Anthem with a particularly bad soloist before a show in Little Rock one year. He had every dog in the place howling!
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    Pickle sits alot so I'm not sure if I taught her or if she just happens to sit when I say so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dozersmama View Post
    Thanks everyone. @Davidh there is sooo much to learn I almost feel lost. Just chosing a show lead ( what type ect. ) is almost overwhelming. Am I just over thinking all of this?
    two of mine where show candidates for their breeder and I wasn't suppose to teach them the "sit" command but was asked to teach them the command "stand" and the "stand stay" command so that they new that very well.
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