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How To Train A Dog To Sit In 8 Easy Steps

Jun 26, 2008
The first step in dog training is teaching your dog to sit. To begin this process, it is important to start when the dog is just a puppy, or as soon as it gets settled into its new home. Why do I need to train a puppy to sit? you might ask. After all, doesn't a dog already know how to sit? If you keep reading, you'll learn why this early training is important, as well as exactly how to train a dog to sit.

1. The first step is easy. Every time the puppy sits by itself, just say sit. This will teach him to associate the word with the action. This technique can actually be used in training your dog to obey all types of commands.

2. Now comes the training part. Take his favorite treat and hold it in your hand. Make sure that it is small enough that the puppy can swallow it fast.

3. Get down to your puppies level. You will appear less threatening to the dog if you are on his level. More importantly, you can reward him faster if you're sitting on the floor.

4. Get your dog to sit on his own by moving the treat over the puppy's head in a very slow movement. He will get him to follow its movement with he's nose because of the smell it emits. By doing so, he'll have two choices: He could back up, or he could just sit down. Considering that sitting down is the easiest thing to do, he will do just that.

5. The instant the dog sits, say "sit" and offer the treat. The timing of the reward is the most important part of training. It must be given exactly when the dog does the behavior you want.

6. Now shower your dog with praise so he knows he did a good thing.

7. Repeat these steps not more than 5 times in a row, but you can repeat the steps multiple times each day.

8. During the next stage, you should try the following steps while standing. Check to see if your dog responds to the word 'sit' without a treat, or a hand motion. If he does, praise him. If not, don't worry about it. Never show your lack of confidence in the dog while training it just simply wait patiently for him to sit, then dole out the rewards.

Next, you should strengthen the word so that the dog sits regardless of any distractions. This is a never ending process and you should not cease training. Every new situation should be used to train him. Use new people, new dogs, and new surroundings as training opportunities.

See how easy learning how to train a dog to sit is? When you go through these traiing steps you are doing much more than just teaching your dog how to sit. All dogs, wheter adults or Puppies love to interact with their master so training is a great bonding experience. Plus he will get used to hearing his name and being obedient to your commands. This will enforce your title of leader and make the puppy feel secure which is what he really wants in the first place.
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