HOW TO TRAIN A DOG TO SIT
HOW TO TRAIN A DOG TO SIT
Teaching the “sit” command is one of the simplest behaviours dogs learn, and it is usually the first command in basic obedience training. Although dogs tend to sit naturally, it’s important to train your dog to do so at your command as it is the beginning of establishing relationship roles between you and your dog. If you’ve always wanted to know how to get your pooch to put his butt on the ground when you want him to, this article will show you how.
Why “sit!” is important
If you’re new to pet parenting, you’re probably wondering why you should bother teaching your pooch to sit. Well, this move offers a number of training benefits for your dog.
- It’s the first position in obedience training: If you’re ever going to raise a well-behaved dog, training your pet to sit can’t be overemphasized as it is the starting position for other training commands. In other words, if you can’t get your dog to sit, you might find it hard to move forward with other training.
- Helps control your dog’s behaviour: When dogs become excited or are startled, they tend to move a lot. Sitting gives your dog a socially acceptable way to behave. You can use this command to get keep your pup still when out on walks or when visitors are in the house.
- Gets his attention: Once a dog learns to sit on command, he can focus his attention on you and not get overwhelmed or distracted by things happening going around him, making future training easier.
How to make “sit” happen
There are different ways to train your dog to sit but the most popular of them are the Lure/Reward and Capture methods.
Method 1: Luring
As the name suggests, this technique involves using a treat to lure your pup into position, after which you then reward him. Here’s how to go about it:
- With your dog in a standing position, hold a treat near his nose.
- Slowly lift the treat above his head in an arc and as his head follows the treat, he will probably sit.
- Allow him to eat the treat when his bottom touches the ground.
- Once your pup understands the ‘hand signal, you can be begin to say “sit” when his bum touches the ground.
- Repeat this sequence a few times every day until your dog masters the command. Soon enough, your pup will learn to associate the command with putting his butt to the ground.
Method 2: Capturing
Another way to get your dog to understand what you want him to do is to use the capturing method, which is really simple. The idea is to wait until your pooch does the behaviour on his own then reward him for it. Here’s how to go about it:
- Wait for your dog to sit by himself, and then reward him for the behaviour.
- After a few times, say “sit” as he sits down and then reward him with treats or praise. After a few sessions, your dog will get the lesson you’re trying to teach.
- Start giving the cue before he sits. Only reward your pet when his behaviour is cued as he needs to understand why you’re rewarding him.
Getting your dog to sit is a great way to establish your bond and replace jumping up and other problems. These methods can help you achieve that goal. One more thing to note is to never use your hands to put your puppy in the sitting position as this can be confusing and upsetting for some dogs.