Dogs are some of the best things that can happen to you. They are extremely friendly, and they can even be your best friend. If you have bought a new dog and want to train it, teaching your dog how to sit is a great place to start. The sit command is one of the most simple and useful commands that you can teach your dog, and it lets you control them when they are jumping around.
The following are some of how you can train your dog to sit:
Get the attention of your dog:
Getting your pet to focus on you can be a little hard especially when it comes to puppies as they have a very small attention span. Select a room or environment where they will be focused on you and not get distracted by the things around them. Select an indoor room and avoid outdoor spaces as there will be more distractions and the dog will have less attention span.
Keep tiny treats ready:
Try to have your dog’s favourite treats with you to grasp their attention. Show a small piece of their favourite treat; this will allow the dog to focus entirely on you. Do not give the treat to your dog and place it in your hand where your dog can see. Now your pet will start to wonder how to get the treat from you, and they would do anything you say to get the treat.
Make your dog familiar with the word “sit”:
Holding the treat close to the dog’s nose and then slowly move your hands up and your dog will automatically raise its head, and this will cause the bottom of the dog to lower. As the dog comes to this position, you need to say sit and give him the treat, and you can show your appreciation and praise the dog for sitting.
Praising your dog:
As your dog sits, it is essential to appreciate it as it will make the dog happy and it will remember that its master will be pleased if they do that particular action. Every single time your dog obeys, you need to praise your dog and make it feel like it pleased you.
Repeating the sequence:
You need to repeat the above steps until your dog is familiar with what you are trying to teach them. Sometimes, your dog might get bored so try to take a break in the middle and then you can start the training again. Make sure that you give him about 2 to 3 small training sessions a day in the beginning.
Once you feel that your dog is familiar with the command “sit”, you can remove the treat and check if your dog can respond to the command and can sit even without you giving the treat.