Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dog Training - Training Your Dog To Sit

Training your dog can be a challenging task. Teaching your dog to follow your commands takes time, practice, and patience. Training your dog to sit is no different.

Make the process more efficient by following a few simple rules:

#1 Practice throughout the day - A good way to make practice fun is by incorporating training into your daily routine. Teach your dog to sit before you feed him or give him the command to sit before you open the front door to take him for a walk.
#2 Train in a familiar environment - You should train your dog in a place that is familiar and comfortable for him. Make sure this location is free from distractions and loud noises. You are encouraged to use an environment where it's just you and your dog, one on one. This will help him focus in on your commands.
#3 Be clear about what you want - When giving your dog the "Sit" command be clear about how you want him to sit. If he does not execute it properly start over.
#4 After the first few times use food rewards sparingly - Most people who teach their dogs to follow commands use treats. After your dog learns the "Sit" command reward him intermittently. This way he is more likely to follow your commands even when you are not offering him doggie treats.
#5 Keep your dog training sessions short - Training your dog to sit should start with short sessions. Young puppies tend to tire easily so it is important not to exhaust them with long sessions. Start with the short session of around 5 minutes. After a few sessions, you can increase the dog training time but do not exceed 15 minutes.

Teach your dog the "Sit" command by having him stand right in front of you. Take a small treat in your hand and guide the treat from your dog's nose level over his head. The treat should be a few centimeters away from your dog at all times. This will make him raise his nose and move back and his rear will end up on the ground. As soon as he sits, you will say "Sit "and give him a treat.

Repeat this a few times and your dog will make the association between the action, treat, and verbal command. Then you can start saying it without moving the treat over his head and rewarding your dog for properly following your dog training command.

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