Dogs tend to naturally sit, so teaching your dog how to sit on command is quite simple.
When your dog is in the proper sitting position, he or she should have her hocks and bottom placed firmly on the ground.
A properly trained dog can make all the difference
There are two different methods for showing your puppy what “Sit” means:
- While holding a treat as a reward, get down in front of your dog. Place the treat in front of the dog’s nose (not too high or he or she might jump), then say “Sit” as you slowly lift the food above his or her head. Move the treat back towards your dog’s ears, keeping it close to the head. Your dog’s nose might turn up to follow the treat at first, so if he or she backs, gently guide your dog down by placing your hand on his or her rump. As soon as your dog’s rear touches the ground, say “yes!” or “good dog!” Be sure to reward your pet with a treat.
- Kneel alongside your dog, place one hand on his chest and the other behind his back legs. While applying delicate upward weight to his chest and back knees, say “Sit” as you direct him or her into a sitting position. Once your dog is seated, reward him or her!
Despite there being many techniques for teaching a dog how to “sit,” it is important to know that, above all else, patience is what will be needed the most.
We all learn at different rates, so don’t be too hard on yourself or your dog!
The amount of time and patience that you put in now with your dog will pay off for years to come. You both will share a bond together that will last a lifetime!
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