Teaching a technique to teach your puppy to sit is not always a walk in the park. Actually, it can be a long journey if you do not know what you are doing. If you are like me, then you probably have started to wonder, “How do I teach my puppy to sit?” Good news, here are some tips for you!
Training Tip OK! There finally it. The fastest ways to teach your puppy to sit, stay, & wait. The secret is repetition, consistency, and positive reinforcement.
Aiden Roberts (author) from united kingdom on June 2008 has developed a series of easy to follow but highly effective dog training videos. He believes that dogs are social animals that need basic control and instruction in order to be well behaved. His eight-part instructional video series teaches the basics of teaching your dog the right place to sit. This is achieved through visual cues and hand signals that aid Roberts (author) have found to be very successful.
The first thing that he teaches his video dogs is the sit command. He shows you how to put your dog’s seat into the ‘sit’ position by using two simple hand gestures. These hand gestures are: Up/Down and Then/Now. He explains that you can mix in other types of verbal cues like: voice calls, body calls, facial expressions, and other sounds, however, you must use these two hand signals only and in only one context, which is the sit position. As he explains in his YouTube videos, this technique works with younger puppies as well.
After putting the dog’s seat into the sit position, he then gives a release cue to his dog as he moves closer to him or stands on the other side of your dog. As the dog gets nearer, he releases the release cue a few times to let the dog know that he has come to a stop. If the dog moves away after releasing the cue, you are free to repeat the process until you dog understands that he is getting his attention by releasing the release signal. Once the dog is sitting comfortably, you may give him another treat as he complies. It is important that you praise your puppy as soon as he obeys your commands.
The next step is to start moving forward, but keep your dog in the sitting position. You will move to the side of the dog with the leash and have him follow you or come to you while you turn to walk. When you are in the standing position, you should pull forward with your leash but do not allow your dog to take off. Instead, you should allow the dog to take off whenever he wants when you pull forward with your leash. This technique to teach your puppy to sit is similar to that used for teaching your dog to come when called.
After your puppy learns to sit on command, you may want to introduce him to another type of sit command. For instance, you can tell him to sit when given a treat, but only if he is standing still and waiting for you. Also, you may want to teach him to sit while he is being lifted onto your shoulder, but only if he is standing still and waiting for you to lift him up.
Teaching your puppy to sit is very important. It teaches him that he can sit whenever he wants and that you are in control of his behavior. It is also beneficial because the puppy is less likely to run off when given the command to “sit,” and more likely to remain seated where he is when you give the command. When you combine the commands with lots of praise and treats, your puppy is sure to learn how to sit before you know it!