Teaching your dog to sit takes time, patience and consistency — and it helps if you have an abundance of those 3 things on hand while training your pet.
Tips on Getting Started
Be gentle during training — and do not over-stress your pet.
To do this, make sure that training sessions last no longer than 15 minutes at a time, but do it twice each day. Always train in a quiet area, and don’t allow anyone to enter the area when you are working with the puppy. This will eliminate distractions and allow your pet to concentrate on the job at hand.
Use a tasty treat during the lessons.
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Try these 4 tips:
- Kneel down directly in front of your dog. Don’t allow him to jump on you or climb onto your lap.
- Use a treat to get his attention, but don’t let him have it yet.
- Hold the treat a bit above your puppy’s nose and firmly say, “Sit.”
- Often, he will immediately sit because of the way the reward is held. If he sits, let him have the treat and give him lots of praise.
Do this 10 times, giving a treat each time your puppy sits on command.
If You’re Not Making Any Progress
If your dog doesn’t immediately understand what you are asking of him, you will need to:
- Let him see that you have a treat for him.
- Say, “Sit.” Gently apply pressure to his hindquarters.
- Give the command again and put him into a sitting position.
- Once he’s in the proper position, give him the treat and, again, heaps of praise.
Repeat this procedure until your puppy learns to sit on command without having to coax him into position.
An Alternative Training Method
You can also try using a collar and a leash for the training. Luckily — for the dog, at least — yummy treats are necessary to this process, too:
- Put your puppy on the ground on your left side.
- Gently pull up on the leash while pushing down on his rump.
- Say, “Sit.”
- As soon as his rear end hits the floor, feed him the treat and praise him.
Practice this 10 times, twice each day. By the time you’re done, he will completely understand what you expect him to do when you give the sit command.
The sit command is the basis for most dog training, and it’s helpful for many situations, such as smooth checkups at the veterinarian.