Training Tip Tuesday – “Sit” Command
TRAINING TIP TUESDAY – sit command
By: Kim Astle
- Make sure you have a quiet space, training treats, patience, and enthusiasm.
- Hold a treat in your hand in front of your dog’s mouth until you get their attention.
- Move the treat by guiding them with the treat about 3 inches above their nose and say “sit”. The dog will naturally look up, which will put their butt down on the ground. If this doesn’t work, try taking a step closer to you dog, so they must look up higher and leads to the sitting position.
- Praise your dog, say “Yes!” and feed them their treat.
Focus on skills
Working on basic skills like “sit” not only helps develop good manners, but it builds trust between you and your dog. Keep it fun! Also, incorporating play goes a long way in building a solid and productive relationship with your pet.
Practice when it’s easy
Have your dog practice everyday. Have them sit and wait for their food, sit while guests arrive, when wanting to go outside, or when they get out of their kennel. The options are endless! Make sure the treats are bountiful as they begin to learn this new skill.
Things to avoid
- Don’t spend too much time in training sessions
- Do not punish your dog for not learning quickly
- Do not force your dog to sit in a stressful situation
- Do not make them sit too long at first