How to teach a dog to sit?

dog training

By Saro Boghozian, Expert Family Dog Trainer

Sit is a very simple position to teach a dog to perform on command. Remember, the key to success in teaching any command to a dog depends on two things:

  • Repeating the same exercise for many times
  • Being consistent with the command

If you follow this simple formula, then you will have a better success rate than those who don’t. All you need is a collar and  a leash. Attach the leash to the collar and hold the leash in a loose form.

To teach a dog to sit first call its name and then say the sit command. Obviously the dog would not know what you want it to do. So, try to get the dog to look and pay attention to you. Once you get the dog’s attention, say your dog’s name and say sit.

This is to familiars the dog with the word sit. Next, say the command “sit” loud and clear and direct the dog to sit by pulling the leash up and then pushing the bum down.

Repeat this for 5 minutes and four times a day for the next two weeks. You will have a dog that will sit right away.


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info] Saro received his expert dog trainer certification from The College of Canine Behavioural Science and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and does volunteer behaviour consultation with a number of dog rescue organizations. Saro’s play, praise and reward training classes are always in high demand as are his private one-on-one training sessions. Rather than using treats or gimmicks like shock collars, Saro’s training methods help owners understand how to use a dog’s natural intelligence to achieve success. [/author_info] [/author]