Teaching how to teach your dog to sit, can be one of the most rewarding dog training tricks you can perform with him. It will teach your dog to obey your commands and follow your lead. It doesn’t take long for your dog to learn this valuable dog training trick and it is so easy for him to pick up on it too. This article will explain how to teach your dog to sit and how to go about it.
Step Four: Go ahead and practice saying the words over again. You don’t even have to say them exactly the way they sound. Just repeating them will help your pup understand what you are trying to teach him. Repeat the step four until you have your pup sitting on the first step.
Step Three: Next you will need to get treats and clicker. These things are very important in the training sessions. I suggest not using the clicker until step three because it will train the dog’s subconscious. Your goal is to teach your dog to sit on command. Without the clicker it will be hard for your pup to understand he is being taught. So be patient.
Step Two: To begin teaching your dog to sit on command, you should point at a place that is out of sight, preferably a few feet away. Have your pup to sit and then guide him to sit next to you. When he reaches the end of the sitting area say “sit”. You can use the same motion each time but make sure you say the word in a firm voice. Praise your dog when he learns the sitting action. Continue this process until he is sitting calmly next to you in one position only.
Step Three: During the third step, in the same manner as the second step, direct your dog to sit on the first step. As soon as he takes the sit position move him to the second step three times without saying anything. If he sits on the third step praise him. Do not move him away from you.
Step Three: The final step is to distract your dog while you throw a treat or clicker. Use whatever you would use to distract your pet. If you throw something, he may see something else so give him the diversion. Keep repeating this process until he sits calmly and in the ready position indicated in the first step. When he responds to your commands he will learn the sitting and standing commands.
Your dog will most likely start to ignore you when he receives the treats. This is perfectly normal. He has gotten used to the clicking sound of the clicker and treat and may be trying to avoid the sound or may only look at you briefly before returning his attention to his treats. You can ease him into the sitting and standing commands by repeating them as often as possible. Once he is comfortable in the sitting position, and after you have rewarded him with the treats, you can progress to the next step.
Step Four: Proceed to step five by giving your dog a verbal cue that he needs to sit. Your dog will probably lie down and await your command. It is important to make it clear that you mean business before attempting to teach him the sit command. It is also a good idea to use some voice commands like “sit” and “stay” to reinforce this lesson.
Step Five: As your dog gets used to your verbal cue for him to sit, you can begin to introduce running around. You do this by simply holding your dog’s leash in front of him while giving him verbal cues that you want him to sit. Once he begins to sit, you simply take your hand and place it on his back. You can then begin to run around the house, tempting him to sit with your hand in the loop.
Step Six: It is important to understand that dogs are very perceptive animals. In order to teach him the sit behavior, you must also teach him other important skills. This includes learning to stay by your side, walking on a loose leash, and obeying other simple commands such as rollover and stay. It is best to introduce these teaching techniques slowly so that your dog will be receptive to them. In general most dogs are eager to learn new things when you do them first.
Step Seven: You can begin to introduce treats into the mix when you teach your dog how to sit down next to your legs on command. Your dog will naturally want to get a reward for performing the right action. The trick is to use positive reinforcement when it is appropriate. For instance, if your dog is simply standing next to your leg, you could use treats and praise him enthusiastically. If he jumps onto your leg and starts to carry out the sit-down motion, you would not be rewarding him with treats but just a strong verbal cue that he must sit down.