Teaching a Dog to Sit
Teaching a Dog to Sit

Teaching your dog to “sit” is a fairly simple process that can be taught to dogs of practically all ages. Training a dog to sit is one of the most fundamental command. Ideally, you should to start training your pet from a young age. Similar to any type of dog training, short and often is the secret success. A dog does not know that he is in a “training session”, just that some behavior is being rewarded. Dragging out training sessions for too long will certainly have a negative effect with the dog ending up being distracted. Distractions cause delays and problems with training your dog thereby discouraging for both you the instructor and your pet.Teaching a dog to sit can really be very important for a dog’s security. Teaching your puppy to sit on command can be extremely helpful to avoid dangerous situations such as a busy road, unsafe wildlife or other risky situations.

To start the training, you must have plenty of dog treats. Try and keep them in a bag so the scent of the treat does not distract them.

When you are teaching your dog a brand-new technique, they will certainly not have any understanding of the word “sit”, so you will certainly need to physically relate the command to an action.

With your dog in a relaxed state, hold one hand gently however firmly on the front of their neck and with other hand, lower their lower back firmly while repeating the command “sit” in a firm tone.

It is most likely that the very first couple of times your puppy will certainly be confused and try and back up or leave your hold. It is of important that you don’t lose your patience, get mad, or shout at your dog. This will only make future training sessions harder. The secret is to reward and applaud the wanted behavior and be nonreactive to all other behaviors.

As quickly as your dog successfully sits (even if your still holding him), promptly praise the dog and pet him to let him understand this is the desired behavior. The first time your dog successfully sits, give him a treat.

Repeat this process for five minutes at a time. Reward your dog with treats every 4-5 times he effectively sits on command.

After 5 minutes, you should give your pet dog a a 30 minute break before to starting other training sessions.

When you have done this a few times, you will find that your dog will respond to the command “sit” without touching him. Remarkably, most owners can effectively get their pets to sit without saying a word, but with only a gesture.

As soon as your dog sits when commanded, you may start to include gestures. For example, clicking your fingers and pointing at the ground while saying “sit”. Duplicating this in your training sessions will lead to your pet dog connecting the clicking of fingers and indicating “sit”.


Video: How to Teach Your Dog to Sit – by Howcast
It is very important that you are consistent with your gestures for different techniques for your dog. Giving mixed signals or trying to alter signals will only puzzle him. Make sure that you have decided on your commands and related gestures before beginning to teach your dog.

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