Puppy Sit Training
While a well trained dog is a pleasure to be around, the opposite is also true; a unruly dog can be a nightmare!
You can take your puppy/dog training to an advanced level if you want to, but at the very least, your puppy/dog really needs to learn the fundamental of puppy/dog training.
This very simple word, if learnt by your puppy/dog can really help you keep control of your puppy/dog in a multitude of circumstances. It’s also an easy command to teach your puppy/dog after potty training.
You can teach your dog to sit really quickly just by following these easy, force-free steps.
- Just simply hold a treat in front of your puppy/dog’s nose and wait for them to figure out how they are going to get to the treat in your hand. As with the no biting lesson, some dogs will lick or paw at it, but don’t give the treat to them until your pup/dog puts his behind on the floor, often a puppy/dog will follow the treat with it’s nose, so if you raise your hand up higher very slowly, the puppy/dog’s natural body instinct is to raise it’s head, whilst sniffing the treat with it’s nose and it’s bottom automatically goes down, and without even knowing it, your puppy/dog is sitting.
- Repeat this process until your dog is sitting reliably then you need to start to add the word 'sit' as your puppy/dog is in the process of sitting so that they begin to associate the word with the sit action.
- When your puppy/dog is sitting repeatedly, then at the beginning saying your command 'sit' and as soon as the puppy/dog does sit, then you present the treat to them.
- Please make a mental note that if your puppy/dog is snaps at the treat in your hand, you should be very careful, stop using a food reward and instead substitute a favourite toy instead of the food. Using toys to teach behaviour this instead of food reward is also useful if your dog is toy-motivated.
- As with any vocal command, as your puppy/dog is learning, take your time. Puppies and dogs can get easily bored as they have a short attention span, so make training enjoyable and only for fifteen minutes at a time. If a puppy/dog is bored or tired, they won’t learn quickly and then you may get frustrated that you aren’t getting the results you want in a speedy manner.
- Also note that for larger dogs sitting can get to be uncomfortable, so short training sessions are better suited for the.
What NOT to do:
- Never try to force your dog or puppy into a sitting position, how would you liked to be pushed around?
- Do not use the lead to pull or yank the dog into a sit or physically push the dog’s bottom to the ground, again would you like someone doing that to you?
These techniques are ineffective—not to mention confusing and frightening for your dog.