How Do I Teach My Dog to Sit, Teach Your Puppy These Basic Commands
"When teaching dog's essential skills like sitting, it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, never try to train them if you are already frustrated with them; training takes a lot of work on both sides of the equation, and it requires you to sometimes have patience and love for a dog even when they are not performing well. Make sure to have some rewards on-hand for when your dog does get it right: you want to give them treats, but, eventually, you will move from handing them treats for doing what you want to simply praising them for a job well done. Maybe carry them around in an old fanny pack as treats can make quite a crumbly mess in your pockets. In fact, you may want to concentrate on chewy treats, as hard treats will take your dog longer to chew and thus take up more of their attention.
If you have remembered to keep your training sessions to about fifteen minutes, and also that some dogs learn quicker than others, you are most likely ready to teach your dog how to sit! Teaching a dog to sit on command is one of, if not the most, important skill that a dog can have, young or old, because if you perform this first training session right, then you will have laid the groundwork for future successful training sessions of all sorts. Who knows what you will be training them to do next!
Find a place that is secluded at first. You do not want any distractions for your attentive pup when he or she is trying to pay attention to you. Take a few minutes and have a play with your pup. Give them a hug, pet them all over, and generally just dole out some love to them. They will pay more attention to you after that. Now, your dog is all geared up to learn.
Stand beside your dog. Hold your hand over the dog's head, parallel to the ground or higher, with a doggie treat dangling out of it. Of course, this will stir your pup and he or she will want to get it. Now, here is the important part: using a clear and firm tone, say ""Sit"". When your dog sits, as it will most likely do, give it the treat. If your dog does not sit, use your other hand to gently push the dog's behind into a sitting position.
It is important to hand the dog the treat the very second that puppy's butt hits the ground. Say ""Good boy!"" or ""Good girl!"" Make sure the dog keeps its paws planted on the ground as you do this and is not jumping up to retrieve the treat. If your dog does try to jump at the treat, simply tell her in a firm voice, ""No."" Then have her sit again. If she takes the treat nice after sitting, give her praise. If she keeps on jumping up for the treat, take a gander at how high you're offering the treat for her; perhaps it is your method that is forcing her to leap up a bit.
Practice the ""sit"" every day, a couple of times per day, and try to make it so that you no longer have to guide their butts to the ground when you say ""Sit"". Make sure to give a lot of praise when they do this simple command unaided by your guiding hand. That is all there is to it in the basics; repeat this daily. Remember to keep your calm and to always love your dog."
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