Top 5 Reasons To Train Your Dog To Sit

Posted: May 26, 2014 in Dog Behavior, Guard Dog Training, Protection Training, Puppy Training
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The most important thing you can teach your dog is to reliably come when called, this is the foundation of a well-trained dog. I have also learned that teaching your dog to sit will effectively eliminate at least 100 things your dog can’t do, to get in the soup. The following top 5 reasons you should train your dog to sit is only the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure you can come up with many more when you look around your house or go for walks.

Top 5 Things Your Dog Can’t Do When Sitting 

1- Can’t jump up and knock Granny down.

2- Can’t ram his nose in your under business.

3- Can’t chase the alley cat that rampages through your trash.

4- Can’t run out the door when it’s open

5- Can’t run out into traffic at busy intersections

How To Teach Your Dog To Sit

You have the power to move your dog’s body into different positions without ever touching them. This is accomplished by utilizing their highly developed sense of smell to your advantage. It is very easy to train your puppy or dog to sit reliably in a very short amount of time.

Step 1- Use a treat or some of your dog’s kibble, and put it about an inch from your dog’s nose. not to far back as to make them come forward, and if they back up find a corner to back your dog into and use it to help you keep your dog in place.

Note: Your dog may feel trapped in the corner,become fearful and try to get away, do not physically force him to stay, simply block his attempts to come out, stay calm, and do not speak,,in time he should settle down and focus on the smell of the treat. If the fear begins to turn to panic, remove the dog from the corner and go for a walk or play, something that the dog loves to do. The lesson would be that the corner is not going to work, so adapt and overcome, get someone to help you, ect.

Step 2- Move your hand back and forth to make sure he is engaged as his head will follow his nose, which is following your hand.

Makes sense right?

Now move your hand slowly up the bridge of your dogs nose and raise it above his head so that when he tilts his head back and looks up at the treat it is about 1-2 inches above his nose. Not to high or he will be tempted to jump up.

Step 3- Now slowly move the treat back towards his tail, and watch his body react, he will hesitate and maybe jerk, and fidget while he is figuring this out, or maybe he will just plunk his bum on the floor like he’s been doing it all his life. All dogs learn at different rates, so be patient and celebrate the small things.

When his bum hits the floor say, “Good Dog” in a happy tone and give the treat.

Once you know he gets it, you can begin to phase out the food, replacing it with life rewards, like going for a walk, getting fed,playing fetch, sniffing the grass. Every so often it is good to use a high value food reward like sausage, it helps to keep your dogs engaged and attentive, it’s important to not be boring, they will lose interest in you and training. Dog’s don’t do boring very well.

There you have it, the top 5 reasons you should train your dog to sit. From now on every time you call your dog to come, have him sit when he gets there, teach him to lie down and work on having him hold the stay command ( standing, sitting,lying down) for at least 1 minute, and he only moves from that spot when you say “go play”, or what ever command you use to release your dog, accomplish this and you will be well on your way to having a well-trained and obedient companion dog. If you are consistent with daily training, this can be accomplished in about 30 days.

That’s it for now


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