. Puppies are learning to have a working relationship with humans. What manding teaches is that human presence means sit, not jump. At this stage it doesn’t matter what the puppies are doing. You are teaching that a soft, sweet YES equals a food reward. It’s classical conditioning, or puppy sign language. Did you know: A calm puppy is learned behavior? Not climbing on people is too. We strongly encourage new puppy families who want to continue where we leave off, to invest in the Puppy Culture DVD series. You simply can't piece together the extent of information there is to learn from the 1 minute clips we share to keep you updated on their progress. The content gleened from 6 to 12 weeks and beyond is priceless.