Dogzdinner's May Training Titbit - The SIT Command
Friday, 25th May 2012
Last month saw us training
your dog to acknowledge their name and come to you when called.
May's bite sized training
titbit is looking at how to train your dog to 'Sit'.
Does your dog already know
the sit command? Well you could still
practise the training below at kerbsides to learn to cross a road safely
Another valuable time to use
the sit command could be when greeting people - a sit is greeted much more
favourably than jumping up!
To master the sit command
you need to be armed with your secret weapon. The thing that motivates your dog
the most - for most dogs this is something treat related.
In our Robyn dog's case it
would be absolutely anything food related!
Take your chosen treat and
coax your dog into the correct position by moving the treat just above their
nose. Then slowly move your hand over
your dogs back.
Your dog will instinctively
tilt their head up and back to follow the treat - which will then lead to a
As soon as this happens and
your dog sits, you need to say the command 'SIT'. It's very important to say the command ate
correct time, otherwise your dog might associate the command with the wrong
Take your time when moving
the treat over your dogs back - if this movement is too quick they may jump up.
Every time your clever dog
sits, remember to give them their haloed reward!
Also remember to keep your
training sessions bite sized. 2 minute sessions 5 or 6 times a day will be very
effective as your dog will stay interested, focused and most importantly they
will have fun!