aining your dog to sit on command is a good place for you and your dog to start
your obedience training. It's a nice easy command which your puppy or dog will
master very quickly. This will increase your dogs confidence and provide a
foundation on which to build more advanced skills and commands.
benefit of training your dog to sit is that it gives you a good alternate
behavior to request of your dog. If your lovely dog likes to greet visitors to
your home by jumping up all over them Jerome
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you can gain control of him by applying your "sit" command.
YOu can start
with this obedience command as soon as you bring your new puppy home, or any
time after that. Before you start training your dog to sit (or any other
obedience command) ensure that your dog is confident and comfortable around you
- lets you touch him, gives you his attention etc.
General Rules To
Remember When Training Your Puppy To Sit
- Keep your training sessions
short, ten minutes is plenty to begin with.
- Any time is a good time to
practice really, you don't have to structure all your lessons. Incorporate the
training into your daily routine. Get your dog to sit before you feed him or
make him sit before you throw his ball at the park. When applied in this manner
obedience training will be fun in your dogs mind, and rewarding.
it perfectly clear to your dog what you are asking of him – what you want him to
- Make training your dog to sit fun, don't make it feel like a chore,
for you or your dog.
- Training sessions should be full of consistent
repetition, praise and positive reinforcement.
- Don't expect your dog to
immediately learn this, or any other obedience command and then never forget it.
It's up to you to reinforce the meaning of your command through repetition and
consistency throughout your dogs life.
- Gradually faze out the food
rewards you may use in the learning period of a new command. Giving a food treat
or reward every now and then doesn't hurt your dog though, even if he respects
your commands without one.
- When training your dog to sit for the first
time, make it easy for himher to succeed. Start your training sessions in a
familiar environment to your dog, free from other distractions. Master the
command in this setting, then slowly make it harder for your dog. Add other
variables, throw a challenge out to your dog such as taking the training session
to the park or increase the duration of the sit.
Training Your Dog To
Sit – My Favorite Techniques
I have three techniques I like to use when
teaching my puppies or dogs to sit. I've had a 100% success rate with these
techniques and I'm sure you will too. Pick out the one that best suits you and
your dog, and you'll be well on your way to having a well trained
This first training technique is great for young
puppies. When you are with your pup and you see him about to sit or in the act
of sitting, say "sit" in a clear and firm tone. As soon as your dog's rear end
hits the floor, give him praise and maybe a bit of a scratch behind the ear. In
your dogs mind you are building an association between your verbal "sit" command
and the act of him sitting. Most puppies make this connection very quickly.
Before long you will be able to say "sit" at any time, and your puppy will
understand what you are asking of him. Remember to always reward and praise your
pup as soon as his behind hits the floor. Your pup will love it, he'll be
thinking "all I have to do is sit down and I get attention, treats and
Technique 2 – Off Leash
For older puppies and dogs this
training technique works every time. With your dog standing right in front of
you, grab a small tasty treat in your hand. Guide the treat from his nose level
up over his head, the treat should be a few centimeters away from your dog at
all times. Your inquisitive dog will follow the treat up with his nose and at
the same time his rear end will hit the ground. As soon as his behind hits the
ground give him the treat and lavish him with praise. If your dog backs away or
jumps up at the treat you are taking your hand too far back over his head, or
holding it too far away from his nose. Repeat this step until your dog gets it,
then you can introduce the verbal part of the command. Just before you begin to
move your hand (the one with the treat in it) say "sit". Your dog will soon
respond to your verbal "sit" command without you even moving your hand. Remember
to practicereinforce this command at any time throughout the day, in any
Technique 3 – On Leash
If your dog doesn't respond to
the methods outlined above, or if you prefer to use a collar and leash in your
training, this technique will do the trick. Stand next to your dog, both of you
facing the same way. Hold the leash straight up, directly above the collar. At
the same time gently press down on your dogs back (down near his hips) and say
"sit". As soon as your dog is in the sitting position, reward and praise him.
Within no time you won't need to press down on your dogs back or even hold the
leash up. He will understand that your "sit" command means that you require him
to plant his backside on the ground. And he'll be happy to do it for you because
he knows that he receives praise and attention when he does.
I hope these
techniques prove successful for you and your dog, I'm confident they will. It's
a good idea if you live with other people to teach these commands to them as
well. They can then apply the exact same commands to your dog – your dog will
appreciate this consistency.
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