It’s normally very easy to teach your dog the “sit” command, because dogs prefer to sit naturally. “Sitting” is a crucial basic dog training order that any dog can learn about. It is a way to make your dog calm down in one place and concentrate on you a little bit. The teaching will also help lay further foundations for other, more complex orders.
Be sure you have some training rewards to give your dog before you start this training. Such techniques are meant to be smooth, compact and extremely desirable to your dog. When you are using your dog’s clicker training, keep your clicker in hand. Choose a private and distraction-free training spot, such as your backyard or a peaceful park.
Training Your Dog to Sit
Learn the “sit” position
If the dog is in the right position to sit, its haunches and paws are securely placed on the ground. Many dogs try to sit and jump at the same time, so hold your praise until your dog is fully sitting calmly.
Ideally, the dog should continue sitting until you tell him otherwise but this action often does not exist until the dog knows to “wait,” which is a separate command. Train your dog this way at least 3 times a week.
Use treats as rewards
Get your furry friend’s attention and show him you have a treat in your pocket. Hold the reward just above your dog’s nose (not too far though). Shift the reward back and forth under the dog’s nose. At first, the dog’s ears can turn up to pursue the reward, but most dogs may sit down until the reward comes sufficiently close to them.
Say “yes!” or “nice boy” in an enthusiastic tone (or, click your clicker) as soon as your dog’s rear lands on the ground. Give your dog the treat right away, followed by petting and praise.
Use a consistent command word
Repeat those steps until the dog sits across the sight of the treat. Next, add the word cue: Say the name of your dog followed by the word “sit,” spoken plainly when keeping the treat in the place as before. Repeat several times, each time using the term “sit” and cancel out the gesture of your hand (keep using the reward, but cancel out the motion).
Keep short exercise sessions in different places, indoors as well as outside, all day long. This will make for more distractions. However, you want your dog to stay with all distractions present. End the training session (with success) on a good note. Be fair and cautious.
Don’t use cruel punishment
If after a few tries, your dog doesn’t sit down, stop forcing it into a sitting position. This means the dog is not able to learn. Don’t shout or mete out punishment, though. If you’re cruel, your dog will never respond with anything but frustration to negative reinforcement. Consider seeking useful snacks such as fresh beef, hot dog bits, string cheese, or liverwurst to entice your pet friend, instead.
Remember to always keep treats on you to offer rewards to your pet. Never try to force behavior on your pet that isn’t getting through. Also give several rest periods and spend this downtime just hanging out with your animal friend!