April 23, 2019 1 min read

The "sit" cue is often the first command that many dog owners want to teach their new dog or puppy. Teaching your dog how to sit is one of the simplest behaviors you can teach, so it’s a good one to start with. Your dog will quickly learn how to sit on command if you follow these easy, force-free steps:

  • Show your dog a small, bite-sized treat.
  • Hold the treat close to your dog’s nose.
  • Move your hand up, allowing their head to follow the treat.
  • Say “sit” as you bring your hand slightly above your dog's head.
  • When your dog looks up at the goodie, their bottom should naturally lower.
  • Once in the sitting position, say “sit,” and give your dog the treat.
  • Share affection once the treat has been taken.

As your dog consistently demonstrates the ability to sit on command, start giving out rewards every other time, then randomly — fewer and further between. Practice makes perfect!  Repeat this sequence a few times every day until your dog has it mastered.

What NOT to do:

  • Never force your dog or puppy into a sitting position.
  • Do not use the leash to pull or yank the dog into a sitting position.
  • Do not physically push the dog’s bottom to the ground.

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