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How To Teach A Dog To Sit?

How To Teach A Dog To Sit
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One of the first and easiest commands you need to teach your dog is the sit command. It’s a basic command most of the dogs will pick up fairly quickly. It’s also a very useful command that may come in hand in certain situations.

How To Teach A Dog To Sit?

There are two ways you can teach your dog to sit, the lure method and the capture method.

Before you start with the training make sure you have enough treats with you. Also, pick a quiet room or a spot without too many distractions.

Lure Method

  1. Stand by your dog and hold a treat near the dog’s nose
  2. Continue to keep the treat close to the dog’s nose and lift it over his head. As the dog lifts his head to follow the treat, he will probably sit on the ground. 
  3. The moment your dog sits on the ground reward him with treats and praise
  4. Repeat previous steps until the dog reliably follows the treat.
  5. When the dog is reliably following the treat, it’s time to kick the training up a notch. Start using only your empty hand as a lure, without the treat. This movement of your hand will later become a “Sit” signal for your dog.
  6. Once the dog is reliably following the empty hand, it’s time to introduce the “Sit” command. Moments before you give the hand signal say the command “Sit.”

Capture method

The capture method is different from the lure method in the sense that you aren’t luring your dog with a treat to sit. With the capture method, you observe the dog and reward good behavior.

With this method, you reward your dog with treats and praise whenever he sits down.

Conclusion

Every dog needs to learn some basic commands. Teaching your dog to sit, stay, roll over can be highly beneficial for both of you. Also, if you own a puppy you can start this training immediately. It’s always good to train your dog while he is still a puppy as they tend to learn faster and develop habits while they are young.

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