Teaching the sit command to your dog is usually quite simple, as dogs tend to sit naturally. The key is for your dog to associate the word with the action. This command sets the groundwork for other commands like stay and down.
Time Required: Time required: 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per day
- Get your dog’s attention and show her that you have a treat in your hand.
- Hold the treat just above your dog’s nose (not too high or she might jump).
- Say your dog’s name followed by the word “sit,” spoken clearly and firmly.
- Move the treat back towards your dog’s ears.
- As soon as your dog’s rear lands on the ground, say “good sit” in an upbeat tone.
- Give your dog the treat followed by petting and praising.
- Repeat 5-6 times.
- If your dog does not sit on her own after a few tries, avoid pushing her into a sitting position. Instead, spend some time watching her. Anytime she naturally sits, say “good sit,” then praise and reward her.
- Hold short training sessions throughout the day in various locations, both indoor and outdoors. Include the front door and food bowl as regular training locations. This will make her more likely to sit when greeting guests or before feeding.
- Once your dog becomes and expert at sitting, you no longer need to give a treat every time – only occasionally. However, rewarding with praise is always a good idea.
What You Need
- A big handful of your dog’s favorite treats