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Teach Your Dog to Sit

Teaching the sit cue is the first command many dog owners want to teach their new dog or puppy. Teaching your dog how to sit  is one of the simplest behaviors you can teach, so it’s a good one to start with.  You can teach your dog to sit quickly by following these easy, force-free steps:

  • Show your dog a small, bite-sized treat
  • Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose
  • Move your hand up, allowing his head to follow the treat
  • Say “sit” as you bring your hand slightly above your dogs head
  • When your dog looks up at the goodie, he should naturally lower his bottom
  • Once he’s in sitting position, say “Sit,” give him the treat
  • Share affection once he has taken the treat

As your dog demonstrates that he has mastered sitting on command, start rewarding him every other time, then rewarding him randomly — just every now and then.  Practice makes perfect!  Repeat this sequence a few times every day until your dog has it mastered.

 

What NOT to do:

  • Never force your dog or puppy into a sitting position
  • Do not use the leash to pull or yank the dog into a sit position
  • Do not physically push the dog’s bottom to the ground

 

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Check out the below video tutorial: