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Training your dog to sit is a basic, yet important task that your dog must learn. After coming, it is probably the second trick that you’ll teach your dog.
Sit is a very easy command to teach, and once mastered it leads to other tricks, such as down, stay, shake a paw and more.
Before we start, I just have to say, when training dogs, make sure that they are exercised BEFORE doing training. Then they will be relaxed and will listen easier because they won’t be bouncing. NEVER train your dog before exercise.
Ok, lets get started.
When training your dog to sit, you should have treats.
Although many people train their dogs to sit by pushing their bum down, (I know I have in the past), this is not the best way to teach a dog to sit. Keep reading to learn what is better.
Let the dog know that you have treats, so the dog will pay attention to what you’re saying.
1) Bring out the dogs treat and hold it inside your hand, and bring it near your dogs nose so they lift their head. Then, bring the treat further behind their head. The result should be that they sit down.
2) Whey they do sit, say ‘Sit’, and give them their treat right at the moment that they sit, so that they can link the motion to the word and treat. Once they have mastered sit with the word command, include a hand motion when you say that word.
3) If they back-up instead of sit down, you can have them near a wall so they can’t back-up. If that doesn’t work, then gently press their back-end, so they understand what you want. Once they do the command, you give them the treat right away and then repeat. Once they have it mastered use a hand-signal along with the word ‘sit’
When they stand up again, repeat step 1.
Do this several times in a row. For around 5 minutes each training session, but not longer.
The reason that we use hand commands in combination with verbal commands when training your dog to sit, is that if you are far from the dog and they can see you but can’t hear you they can do the command, and also as they get older they can still do commands (as they lose their hearing), and the double word plus hand command gives the dog more to learn from.
Do the training at meal-time. Feed them some of their food from your hand as they do they sit, so that they earn their meal. It also teaches them to eat gently, and they feel like they earn their meal.
Do not over-do lesson times. Keep lesson time to around less than 5 minutes so they don’t get bored.
Instead of long training sessions, do several short training sessions in a day, everyday.
Once your dog has mastered ‘sit’, you can now move on to other tricks such as ‘down’ and ‘stay’.
Training your dog to sit is an important task. It can be used if you are far away and you don’t want your dog to move anywhere. They will sit where they are until you say to move. Also, if you do agility, or obedience training, this is a basic command that they will need to know.
With our dogs, we like to have them sit before meal times, before they are allowed off the leash, and again before they are put on the leash. They know that if they sit, there is a very good chance that they will get a treat and praise, and probably something that they’ll like. Some people also like to get their dog to sit before it crosses the road.
Our one dog Tippy, even tried to communicate with us when she was on the leash. She wanted off the leash, so the best way that she thought that she could communicate this to us was by sitting. She would walk a few steps, sit, stand, walk a few steps, sit. She did this several times, and we eventually let her off the leash. It was super adorable.
With all training, never hit or get angry with your dog when you are trying to train them and always be sure to reward them with a treat when they successfully complete the task at hand.
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