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Training Tips: Teach Your Dog to Sit

This article offers guidance on training a dog to sit. Read the pointers in this guide so you can teach your dog to sit quickly.

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Wednesday, 24 de February 2010
Author: Viva Pets

Training Tips: Teach Your Dog to Sit
Train a Dog to Sit

It’s the first skill any dog owner needs to master – training a dog to sit. Although many assume getting a puppy to sit is an easy task, without a lot of practice and patience, it can prove a real struggle. Learn more about this training technique in this guide.

 

 


Simple Steps to Train a Dog to Sit


•    Minimise the risk of distractions – a peaceful environment is needed so the dog does not get distracted by nearby temptations. It’s always best to start training the dog in the house, as this is the place where it will spend the most time – and cause the most problems - in the early months.

•    Introduce the sit command once you have the full attention of your dog. Of course, this is where a little tolerance is needed, so exercise a little patient if the dog fails to respond immediately.

•    Your gestures will be all important in influencing the dog to follow your command. Sometimes it’s the subtle movements that have the most significant impact when you train your dog to sit. With a soft touch, direct your dog’s bottom towards the floor, while at the same time repeating the word ‘sit’. As soon as your puppy touches the floor, feel free to offer up a treat and some tender affection. This might seem generous the first few times, but it’ll quickly help the puppy to associate the action with positive reward.

•    Don’t get downbeat. Practice is the only thing that will lead to your puppy learning to sit instinctively. When the puppy is in the early process of learning, try and initiate a sitting exercise every couple of hours. After about two weeks, it should begin to react to the command without need for any intervention – at this stage it’s important to only offer treats when the dog learns to sit without any resistance.

•    Finally, if the dog seems fully aware of the ‘sit’ instruction, test it out in unfamiliar areas away from the home, such as the park or when out walking. Carrying out sitting training techniques in unfamiliar areas will truly reveal whether further work is needed on the skill.

 

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