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Teaching your dog to ‘Sit’ on command

Teaching your dog to ‘Sit’ on command

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 13/02/2012   Category: Dog Training

This is one of the most basic dog training commands and is relatively easy to complete with your dog. This is a great command to learn as it keeps your dog out of trouble and helps to build up their confidence. Firstly, take your dog to into a quiet room and ensure that they don’t need the toilet or food. Start of by calling your dog’s name and giving them a treat. Doing this will make your dog notice you have treats on offer and will be eager to learn.

Whilst your dog is standing hold out a treat just in front of your dog’s nose and raise it higher than their head and move it backwards. Naturally, the dog will move too and will sit. As your dogs legs begin to bend say the command ‘Sit’. The second the dog sits, praise the dog with your regularly choice of praise whether it be ‘good dog’ or ‘well done’ and reward with a treat. If your dog struggles with this, take your time, do not shout or get annoyed as dogs pick up on this. Try again; usually it will come very quickly with dogs as it is natural for them to sit when a treat is raised above their heads.

Continue to do this with your dog several times, if they seem very confident slowly decrease the treats and instead use more praise for the dog. Although it is tempting, do not use your hands to push the dog to the floor as if you do this they will think it is part of the training and always wait for you to do this. You want the dog to learn what to do correctly from the very first time of teaching them.

Another point is, whatever you teach your dog has to have consistency, whatever command you use must always be exactly the same and consistent. For example, you must decide if you are going to include your dog’s name in the command, and if you do want to make sure you always say the dogs name, followed by ‘Sit’. You should make sure anyone else in contact with your dog knows this too. If you follow this simple guide, and have patience with your dog then you should master this command easily and be able to move onto the next one.

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