Teaching Your Puppy To Sit
A puppy that sits on command is a well behaved little dog!
Help your puppy learn that when you say “Sit”, you want them to sit down! With a little patience and lots of treats and praise, you should soon be able to train your pup to sit down when you ask.
Equipment: Treats and a calm environment
Time: 5-10 minutes at a time, a handful of times a day
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More about training your puppy to sit
While ‘Sit’ is often branded as an easy command, some puppies don’t make anything easy! If you find yourself getting frustrated with your dog, always stop the training session. Puppies are very sensitive and will quickly pick up on any negative messages. This includes telling them off – don’t forget your pup is still learning and doesn’t know what you want them to do. Being told off will be confusing and upsetting for them, and won’t help with getting them to enjoy training in the future!
Some tips include:
- If your dog reverses rather than sits down as you move the treat, try doing it with their back against a wall. That way there is nowhere for them to go, and they will be more likely to sit. It is also likely your hand is not quite in the correct position, for example too high, or you are moving the treat too far back. Play around with the movement and see what works.
- If your dog is jumping up, try holding the treat lower. It's also important not to pull the treat away if they move towards it, as this will encourage jumping and lunging. Just hold on tight, so they quickly learn they won't be getting the treat that way!
- If your dog is too excited to concentrate, try doing the training after exercise or after a meal when they might be a little more tired or relaxed.
- Sitting is an easy behaviour to capture, this means rewarding the behaviour when they perform it naturally. When your dog sits by themselves give the cue, and verbal praise and reward, as well as a click if you are using clicker training.
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