Ok, some people were confused on the sit at a distance blog. I will admit it is alot of little steps to write down. Much easier to do in person.
One trick we use alot at dog class that is alot easier to train is have your dog on a leash and walk backwards. Slow down you walk, tell the dog to “sit”, and as soon as they sit speed up your walk a little (your walking backwards). Then walk back to the sitting dog, break them and start again.
Its much like the automatic sit but from a different angle. The trainer has the dog in front of them walking to them. You can work this first, and then progress to using the place boards and calling the dog. Just like the automatic sit, the trick is to slow down and do it very slow at first to help the dog because the dog will want to keep moving with you!
Hope this trick helped and see you at dog class!!