Knowing how to train a puppy to sit is probably the first lesson you will learn in training class and is probably the most useful to learn after the “come “ command.
As with most basic commands, your dog will learn this one in just a few lessons. One 15-
First, get a treat that your dog really likes and hold it right by her nose so that all her attention is focused on it. Raise the treat above her head and say, "Sit." Usually, she will follow the treat and automatically sit. Give her the treat for being such a good dog and don't forget to praise. After a while, the pup will begin to associate the word "sit" with the action. Most dogs will catch on quickly. Once your dog is sitting reliably with the treat, take it away and just use praise as a reward.
There are some dogs that are more stubborn than others, and they may need a little more encouragement to get the picture. If your dog doesn't sit automatically when the treat is over her head, place one hand on her hindquarters and the other under the upper chest. Say, "Sit" in a pleasant voice. At the same time, lightly push down on her rear and push up under the chest until she is sitting.
Now give lots of praise and a treat. Repeat this a few times, and your pet will get the idea. Most dogs will also tend to stand up at first, so immediately repeat the exercise.
When your dog understands the command and does it right away, you can slowly move backward so that you are a few feet away. If the dog starts to come to you, simply go back to the original position and start again.
Do not attempt to keep the dog in the sit position for too long at first. Even a few seconds is a long time, especially for an impatient, energetic puppy, and you do not want your dog to get bored with lessons even before beginning them
If your dog resists you it is probably because she doesn't understand what you want from her, be patient and give her a good chance to comprehend what you are trying to achieve. Some breeds are known for being stubborn or wilful and remember that every dog is an individual.
Show your dog what you want and don't make it into a shoving match, remember this isn't a test of wills or a trial of strength, if she sits, but gets up right away that is ok , you are teaching “sit” not “stay”, if she gets up just see it as another chance to practice again.
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