Every dog needs to have basic manners. It only takes 5 minutes a day of regular training to make your dog a good citizen and a pet that other people love to be around! Teaching a dog or a puppy the sit command is so easy a child can do it and has always been the first bit of training my dogs receive.
1- Dog or Puppy (haha)
2- A treat or toy that your pet thinks is a reward. My own dog, Pip, thinks his normal dog food is a “treat” as long as I give it to him and make a huge production of GOOD BOY!!! Now, he will mostly do his training for me if I just act goofy and tell him he’s a good dog. (You might get a video of that later!)
Make sure your training sessions are when the dog is a bit more calm and not as soon as he has playtime or when he needs to potty. Your dog should be as free from distractions as possible, including other pets.
I’m going to tell you an honest secret to this. Every dog I have ever trained to sit has learned how to do it in about 5 minutes. No kidding and no exaggerating. Maybe I have been really blessed with exceptionally smart dogs, or maybe this technique works that well, but you should be prepared that your dog may not take to training right away and you MUST be PATIENT.
If you are training a puppy or a small breed dog sit on the ground or floor with your pet. Let him sniff the treat in your hand with a closed fist. At this point, the dog will probably stand up, enthusiastically sniff your hand, wag the tail like crazy, and try to lick his way into your palm. These are all good signs that you have his attention.
Slowly, lift your hand up towards the sky or ceiling. Your dog or puppy’s head should follow your hand, and the treat inside. As you lift the treat higher and over the dog’s head, his tiny puppy hiney will naturally sit on the floor. When this happens, in a calm, clear voice, say SIT and give the animal the treat.
Repeat this several times in your first training session, 4-5 times is a good number if your dog will pay attention that long. After the first session, repeat the exercise every night. It’s a great way to bond with your pet and to give him basic obedience training!by