This program creates and maintains a positive, non-confrontational relationship between you and your dog by teaching them to sit (or perform another behavior) in order to get what they want. It also helps your dog learn self-control and build confidence in different environments. A dog who sits every time they want something (e.g. attention from people) is much easier to live with than a dog that hasn't learned to say please and jumps up or barks when they want something.
Don't require that your dog sit before doing things that they do NOT want (e.g. going back indoors if they love being outside, before having a bath, or before having their nails trimmed)
.Don't require older dogs to do exercises that they can't do well or don't need to do. If your dog doesn't jump onto people, they don't need to sit to get attention. Older dogs may have pain and arthritis, so they shouldn't have to sit for everything they want. If they're calm, they can have the things they want for being calm.
Don't ask fearful dogs to do exercises that might make them more fearful, such as making them sit to get petted by someone they're trying to move away from.