Training your dog to sit

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Training your dog to sit is one of the handiest commands you can teach your canine. It’s one of the easier obedience tools that can be taught and is useful in all situations. Its best to start when the dogs are young but you can train an old dog as well. It really has more to do with their temperament than their age.

Cesar Millan can help you learn to train dogs quickly. He is an expert on becoming the pack leader. You will find that certain breeds are easier to train than others. Ceasar is the man to turn to for help when you come across a dog with problems.

A stubborn, or even a very timid dog will be more difficult to train and will require patience and special training. These unfavorable character traits can be worked through it just takes more time.

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While training your dog to do any command be sure to exhibit a confident, leader of the pack mentality yourself. It is important to be firm and consistent. If your patience runs short its time to step away, as yelling at your dog will cause him stress. He will begin to associate “training” with stress and not be as receptive.  

Never hit your dog. This does not encourage a dog to participate in obedience training, nor does it deter bad behavior. It causes the canine to mistrust you and it’s difficult to train an animal that doesn’t trust you. Always, always praise the good behavior.  

Be slow to reprimand. You want your pooch to look forward to training. You should try mostly to praise the good and ignore the bad. If warranted though a firm “NO!” and redirection may be necessary. Always try to find the source of bad behavior and deal with the source before continuing your training period.

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Trouble training your dog to sit?

Is your dog distracted? Some breeds have a have shorter attentions span for training than others. A hunting dog does not care about sitting he wants to hunt. Take notice if there are people nearby that he’s watching, scents in the air that have caught his attention, does he have pent up energy that needs to be run off before he can give you his undivided attention? All these things can make training your dog to sit unsuccessful. 

A more productive training time begins with a well-rested and comfortable pooch. The same holds true for the trainer. If you have had a bad day or have a headache put off training until you’ve rested and feel better. Your dog can sense these things and it can make for a less than receptive training time.

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Keep your training periods short. Canines do not have a very long attention span. Shorter, more frequent training periods are best. Definitely no more than 10 minutes for puppies and older dogs. Three five-minute training periods everyday are more productive than one longer session.  

One common method to training your dog to sit is the treat method. Stand directly in front of your dog with a treat in your hand. Take the treat and hold it just over his nose so that he will have to lift his snout up and back. This will cause him to lower his backside and sit. Immediately give your pooch the treat and praise him by saying “Good” in a relaxed and praising tone. 

Once your dog is standing again, repeat the steps previously stated, except add your dog’s name and sit. As soon as the dog begins to sit say his name and “Sit.” When he does this again give him the treat and praise him. Do this for about five minutes at a time frequently throughout the day.

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Eventually, your canine will make the connection. When you notice progress start fading out the treat and just use praise. When he has mastered the command, start practicing in different places. Just because your pup will sit in the house doesn’t mean it will happen in the yard.  

It is important to re-teach and practice the command in all environments. When he has mastered the command you can move into other commands such as sit-stay, and come. He will need to learn that just because you move or disappear that doesn’t mean he’s free to go. But these can only be taught after he has mastered sit.

Training your dog to sit isn’t difficult. It just requires patience and consistency. Remember, it’s also a good idea to always make your pooch “Sit” for his treats from this point forward. It is a good way to reinforce his training.

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