How to Train a Dog to Sit

Early training involves teaching the dog the four basic commands come, sit, lie and down as well as conditioning the dog to basic lead training. Learning these basic commands and adjusting to the laws of the leach are important to the pup as learning his name.

The sit command is easy to teach and can begin the first day you take the dog home. What makes this command easy is a basic understanding of the dog’s physiology. Because of the construction of the neck and spine, it is not easy for a dog to look upward. The observant owner will notice that the dog will sit to look a standing person in the eye and will sit to see an object placed on a table or stand. When planning your pet’s training program, keep in mind that stamina and endurance can vary greatly from breed to breed. Even the most well-trained dog may wander off it something captures his attention.

To condition the dog to the sit command the following should be done:

*Begin by holding objects that are appealing to the dog in a raised hand. When the standing dog catches the view of the object give the sit command in an authoritative tone as the dog sits to attain a better, easier view.

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*As soon as the dog sits, give the object and praise.

Because sitting is so natural a habit for the dog, it may take longer for the dog to associate the command with the action. However, consistency and patience will pay off soon and the dog will inevitably associate the command with the action and in turn the action with the pleasing reward.

The four commands usually work together so, after the dog learns the come command, the come and sit commands can be coupled. The dog can be called at meal time and before the meal is placed down, made to sit by holding the food dish in the hand and commanding “Sit.” The meal can therefore serve as dual reward for the commands.

The sit command can be coupled with any reward including a toy, treat or simple praise. Praise, warm and lavish is one of the dog’s favorite rewards. Most dogs are eager to please. Make the most of this canine quality by offering lavish praise when he responds correctly to a given command.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.  
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