Training a dog the “sit” command is the first training exercise you should attempt, and one of the most important commands your dog will ever learn.
How to Teach a Dog to Sit
- Take a treat and show it to your pet.
- When your dog shows interest in it, he will follow it with his head, trying to get at it.
- Hold the treat above your dog’s head so he looks up, then take it to just behind his nose so that he has to move his head backwards
- The only way your dog can reach the treat is to put his bottom on the floor.
- The moment he does so, press your clicker and give him the treat and lots of praise.
- Within a few attempts, your dog will know how to earn his click and treat, and his sit response will get quicker.
- When he fully understands what is expected, say “Sit” as he sits, so he learns to associate the word with the action.
- Now you have added the cue, with practice you will be able to ask him to sit rather than lure him into position with the treat.