Training your dog to sit is often the first command many new owners learn.
It is important to learn how to train a puppy because training should start the moment that the dog enters the home. Making sure that you teach your dog to sit should not be too difficult, considering that most dogs already sit naturally.
However, this is an important command to know because it lays the foundation for some other important commands such as ‘down’ and ‘stay’.
Although it can become frustrating when you feel you are teaching your dog the same thing repeatedly, you have to avoid becoming impatient. Negative reinforcement never works.
The idea behind using treats or dog clicker training is ALWAYS positive reinforcement. If you call your dog over only to punish him, ask yourself if you would fall for that the next time.
If you are becoming frustrated it is best to just take a break. Remember that you cannot use your poker face with dogs, because they can sense human emotion.
The seven steps towards success
The only thing that you are going to need when training your dog to sit is a bunch of treats and some patience. Eventually your dog will start to recognize what it is you are doing.
It is possible to transition this training to dog clicker training seamlessly once your dog has an understanding as to what is happening.
1. The first thing you want to do is get your dog’s attention. Show them very clearly that you have a dog training treat in your hand. Demonstrate that you have the treat but do not let them eat it yet.
2. Bring the dog training treat close to their nose. You do not want to hold it too high because that might encourage them to jump for it.
3. Say the name of your dog…and follow it up by saying “sit” with a clear, firm voice.
4. Now slowly move the treat behind your dog’s head, behind their ears. You will see that the dog starts to follow the treat.
5. Eventually the dog will place its rear on the ground (if they start to turn around you simply start over). Once they sit down you praise them in an upbeat tone, you can say ‘good sit’.
6. Once they sit, you praise them, pet them, and give them the treat.
7. Repeat this several times to ensure that they understand the command.
Training your dog to sit should certainly not be the most difficult endeavor that you have with your dog. Follow these handy tips to make sure that your dog quickly becomes a pro at it.
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