How to Train Your Dog to Sit

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1-2 Weeks
General

Introduction

Teaching your dog to sit on your command is a big responsibility of owning a dog. Basic obedience commands teach your dog to respect you and make you the leader of his pack. If you do not start off early training with basic commands such as ‘sit’, it will be near impossible to teach your dog other commands down the road – making maintaining control of your dog next to impossible. Your dog lives to please you and will work hard for even the tiniest treat to make you happy. Teaching your dog boundaries and when to stop and pay attention starts with the sit command. Imagine having a dog who jumps every time he sees you, your guests, or thinks he is getting a treat. The sit command keeps your dog calm and relaxed and lets him know your expectations of him before he is pet or gets to eat.

Defining Tasks

Though all dogs should know all four basic commands, sit will be the first you might work on in a training class. Once your dog knows sit, he can easily learn to stay put with the ‘stay’ command, he could lie down with the ‘down’ command, and he could move forward to you with the ‘come’ command. Sit is a foundation for the basic commands your dog will need to know for obedience training. Sit is an easy command to teach. You will need to practice with lots of repetition and commitment. Be prepared to reward your dog for his positive behavior when you ask him to sit. Because your dog might not have the attention span to learn sit in one session, you may need to have several sessions over a few weeks to teach sit. Be sure to use sit every day to keep your dog well-rehearsed.

Getting Started

You will need a fun attitude, a puppy or dog who is eager to please, and treats to reward your dog. If you are using a clicker to train your dog, be sure to have your clicker and rewards handy. If you have a puppy and are starting training, clicker training is an effective reward-based method. Teaching your dog to sit can be fun for you both. Be prepared with smiles and rewards for your dog.

The Simple Sit Method

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Simple Sit method for Sit
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1
Sit
Sit on the floor with your puppy.
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Introduce a treat
Hold a treat near your puppy’s nose.
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Lead with the treat
Move the treat upward. As he lifts his head to follow the treat, his bottom will lower to the ground.
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Reward!
When his bottom touches the floor in a sit position, give him the treat.
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Introduce command
Repeat this again using the command “sit” as you raise the treat and your puppy sits.
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Reward and repeat
Give him a reward every time he follows your command and sits. Be sure to keep training sessions short and simple.
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The Clicker Method

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Clicker method for Sit
Step
1
Stand
Stand in front of your dog.
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2
Introduce a treat
Hold a treat above his head.
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3
Introduce command
As he lifts his chin, use the command “sit.”
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4
Lead with the treat
Wait patiently as you lift the treat. As your dog lifts his chin to follow the treat, he should sit.
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Reward!
As soon as he sits, click and give him a treat.
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Repeat
Repeat these steps several times rewarding him each time he sits. Be patient and practice the “sit” command every day.
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The Hand Signals Method

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Hand Signals method for Sit
Step
1
Introduce a treat
Hold a treat close to the tip of your dog's nose without giving it to him. For some dogs, this may require holding it in your closed hand, so your dog does not snatch it from you.
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Introduce signal
Once your dog notices the treat in your hand near his nose, flatten your hand palm up and raise the treat above his head.
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Introduce command
Say the command “sit.”
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4
Lead with the treat
Your dog should follow your motion. You should see him begin to lower his body down to the ground following your hand with the hidden treat.
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5
Reward!
Once your dog's butt touches the ground, give him the treat.
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Repeat
Have your dog get into a standing position and repeat the steps above several times while rewarding each time your dog sits.
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Use only the signal
Once he has the trick down with the command word and hand signal, use only the hand signal without the verbal command. While standing in front of him, place your hand out above his nose with your palm facing up. Wait patiently for him to sit.
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Reward
Once he sits, give him a treat. Do not give him any acknowledgment or attention until he obeys the command.
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