How to Teach a Dog to Sit (Step-by-Step-Video)

By 22nd September 2017Dog Training
how to teach a dog to sit

In this post, we’re going to show you how to teach a dog to sit.

This is one of the first things we teach our dogs when we bring them into our lives.

This basic command is the foundation for many other training exercises. It’s also the go-too cue when you need her to focus her attention on you, like when you’re at the curb and you want to cross the road for example.

And the good news is that it’s easy to teach!

So let’s get to it!

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Watch the Video Below to See How to Teach Your Dog to Sit

Teaching Your Puppy to Sit, Step-by-Step

Training your dog to sit is a pretty easy process and it shouldn’t take too long for her to master.

Here’s how to do it;

Hold a treat out, in front of your pups face so she can smell it but can’t get it.
Let her figure out for herself how to unlock the treat from your hand. She might lick and paw at your hand but don’t let it go until she puts her bottom on the floor.
Once she is sat, give her the treat.
Keep repeating this step until she sits consistently.
Now she is sitting consistently, add the command to the action. As she is in the process of putting her backside on the floor, say, ‘Sit’. Keep repeating this until she’s got it.
Once you’re confident she’s got it, ask her to sit and only give her the treat once she’s complied with your cue.
Now vary the position in which you ask her to sit. Ask her from the standing position, kneeling down, bring her to your side and ask her.
If she fails at this point, go back to where she was successful and build back up from there.

What NOT to Do

Training takes time, understanding and above all, patience. Unfortunately, this is a trait that many people don’t have but you need to take your time and see our dog training tip and techniques for more advice.

So with that said;

Don’t ever be tempted to force your dog into position – this is uncomfortable at best and at worst can be painful. It can even cause injury.
Never yank on your dogs lead – or use it to pull them into the sitting position. This can not only hurt, but it can also damage their neck and throat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Training your dog to sit (in theory) should be a simple process but sometimes it doesn’t go as smoothly as we like. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers;

“My Dog Wont Sit, What Am I Doing Wrong?”

Training your dog to sit (in theory) should be a simple process but sometimes it doesn’t go as smoothly as we like. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers;

Be patient – Some dogs respond to training more quickly than others so don’t throw the towel in just yet.
Consider how is your dog acting – Is she full of excess energy, charging around and not paying any attention to you? This excess energy will make it hard for her to concentrate so play a game of fetch, tug or run around with her to get rid of some that energy. Then give it another try.
Where are you training her? – It’s important to begin her training where there are as few distractions as possible – a quiet room in your house is perfect. If you’re training on a tiled or laminated floor, get her a mat or rug to sit on.

“My Dog Sits Then Stands Right Back Up Again. What Should I Do?”

Only reward your dog if she puts her backside on the ground.

If she stands up as you issue the treat, remove it behind your back and say ‘uh-oh’ calmly. Give it a few seconds and try again. Every time she stands up, remove the treat and give the uh-oh cue. As soon as she gives you a clean sit, reward her.

She will get it!

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So, we’ve shown you how to teach a dog to sit and now it’s your turn.

Have a go and leave a comment below to let us know how you get, or to ask a question.

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