How To Teach Your Dog To Sit

Teaching your dog to sit is one of the easiest commands for him to learn and it’s also very rewarding for you as well. The sitting posture is often the starting point for other commands, such as “shake” so it’s a great place to start when training your dog.

There is no special equipment required, except you will need a few high value treats to use as rewards. The term “high value” just means the value your particular dog puts on the treat, so be sure to get something he really likes. A high value treat to one dog might well be a low value treat to another.

Take a treat and hold it in one hand close to your dog’s nose.

Next, move your hand upward. As the treat goes up, your dog will naturally lift his head to follow the treat and this will cause his rear to lower.

As soon as he assumes the sitting position, then give your verbal cue, which in this case is by saying “sit,” then follow immediately by rewarding him with the treat and praising him verbally.

Repeat three or four times every day. Soon your dog will have this mastered and will sit on command.

Once he’s got it, then give the sit command in different situations, such as asking him to sit so you can put his leash on him before going for a walk. Other suggestions would be to have him sit before you feed him or before you let him into the house from the outside or in any other situation where you want your dog to be calmly seated.

Good dog!!

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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