The "Sit" Command to Your Dog
the Sit command to
your dog is one of the four basic commands that every
dog needs to know, and it is also one of the easiest. It
should only take a few three to five minute sessions for
your dog to
figure it out.
To begin teaching this behavior, start with the dog in front of
you so that you are facing each other. You should be
sitting or kneeling so that you are at eye level.
With a small piece of treat in your
left hand (between your thumb and forefinger) get the
dog's attention. Hold the treat several inches in front
of and above the the dog's nose so the dog can smell it.
Turn your hand so that your palm is facing up. While the
dog is watching your hand, bend at the wrist so the
treat begins to move up and away from the dog's nose.
The dog should sit as it tries to watch the treat. When
it sits, give the treat and say GOOD DOG. If it doesn't
sit, DO NOT treat. Just start over!
Once the dog begins to sit when it see you moving to
treat, you can add the verbal command. As you begin
bending at the wrist,
say the word SIT.
Repeat this up to 10 times per session. Do this training at
least 3 or 4 times per day.
Once the dog has the sit command, all of the other basic
commands should be easier because they all require your
dog to be able to sit.
all training, keep your sessions short. Advanced
training should be kept under 10 minutes in
length. Always do something that the dog likes to do
when the session ends. Playing with the dog's favorite
toy or going for a walk will keep your dog interested in
training. Because there is a "fun time"
following the training, it will make the dog more
willing to train well.