How do I teach my dog to “sit”?
There are different methods of teaching a dog to sit when asked:
- Say the word “sit” to the dog as the dog’s rear end touches the floor and give a treat. You can then move a few steps away (so the dog gets up) and wait for the dog to sit again. When you see that the dog will sit again, say “sit” and give a reward. Practice this in various places.
- Hold a treat in your hand and place it near the dog’s nose, then move your hand behind them. The dog will follow the treat throwing them a bit off balance and making them sit. Simply say “sit” and give the treat when the rear end touches the floor.
While your dog is learning this command, it is important to only say “sit” when they actually sit. Otherwise it is impossible for them to learn what the word means. Remember that “sit” means nothing to a dog. If you repeat the word when your dog is jumping all over the place they will not learn that “sit” means putting their rear end on the floor!