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Training Tip Tuesday With Jodi

How to teach your dog the "Sit" command.

There are many reasons to teach your dog to sit! Teaching basic commands, like “Sit,” keeps dogs mentally stimulated and strengthens our bond with them. It can also help with behavioral issues. Sit comes in handy at home, in public spaces, and when you’re in the company of other dogs and humans.

To teach your dog to sit, work with them for about 5 minutes, 3 times per day on the below exercise.

The "Sit" command

  1. Stand in front of your dog holding a treat they love.

  2. Put the treat right in front of the pup’s nose, then slowly move the treat above their head while allowing their nose to follow (up and back). They will automatically sit as they lift their head to nibble at the treat. Don't release the treat yet.

  3. Allow them to get the treat when their bottom touches the ground. You must feed them immediately upon having their bottom hit the ground in order for them to understand what they are being rewarded for.

  4. Repeat one or two times with the food lure, then remove the food and use your empty hand, but continue to reward the dog after they sit.

  5. Once they understand the hand signal to sit, (which is just the motion of your hand to their nose and lifting up and back as if you have the treat in your hand) you can begin saying “sit” right before you give the hand signal.

PRO TIP: Never physically put your puppy into the sitting position; this can be confusing or upsetting to dogs.

Here we see DCSPCA Canine Lead Trainer Jodi working on the "Sit" cue with Brooke!

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