A dog needs to learn many social behaviours. Sitting is one of the most important activities of those behaviours. Many other activities depend on holding the sitting position, for example, shaking hands, waving at someone, or even asking for something. Arrange fun training sessions. Do not make it too hard for your dog. It is a fundamental and simple behaviour. So, you will be able to teach your dog to sit easily with these simple steps below.
Grab Your Dog’s Attention:
Notice if your dog is in a happy and playful mode. Grab its attention. Go somewhere distraction-free. Puppies usually struggle with the attention span. So, any kind of distraction can harm your training.
Set a Happy Yes:
Before you train your dog, set a powerful gesture so that your dog gets to know when it is doing the action correctly. Introduce your voice command saying ‘yes,’ which delivers positive and encouraging approval. If you prefer clicker training, you can use it as a quick yes.
You will need to reward your dog with food whenever you are training and teaching it. Show the reward. The reward should be small and attractive to your dog unless it will not feel encouraged to follow your training. When you have your dog standing, or perhaps moving a little, bring the reward close to its nose. Gradually draw its attention and move your hand with reward above the head. In this step, you need to tune your guiding. Because if you move your hand too fast above your dog’s head, it will jump. If you move it swiftly, he will hold the sitting position while reaching for the reward temporarily. Add categories to reward. If your dog is doing very well, give it something it likes a lot.
When your dog is in a temporary sitting position, mark the activity and say, “Yes! Good dog”, in a cheerful voice. Use the clicker. Raise your hand, and it will copy you. Repeat the temporary positioning and let your dog know that it is doing good. If your puppy can not follow your command, go slow. Use its name. Whether it is doing correct or incorrect, say it with affection. Repeat the process. Don’t stop rewarding.
Provide Physical Assistance:
If your dog is failing, again and again, you can hold its paws to guide. If it is a very wild dog, you can put on a leash. However, this may not look like a punishment. It should be gentle and comfortable. You should deal with patience even after you have an unruly dog. Stand or sit with your dog and guide it. Untie the leash when it follows you a bit. Let your hand lead and help him recognize the sitting position. With your help, you will be able to teach your dog to sit very easily. Note: click this link>>> to learn about dog command.
Delay the Reward Giving:
Your dog will look for the reward while holding the sitting position. You will reward your dog with your other hand, so it becomes more aware of its action. It will help your dog to hold the sitting position for a longer time. Move your hand behind your dog’s head. This will help it to be stable.
Tie Activities with the Cue Word:
Pair your cue word “sit” with its activities. Say it in an upbeat tone, so it knows when you refer to the happy activities. Check if your dog is stable or not. Practice a stable sitting position. Say “sit” and notice if it gets distracted or loses the gesture. Give a reward every time it is doing it correctly. If it leaves the sit position, without a release command, cheer your dog before it moves.
Introduce a “Free” command:
In this stage, your dog can sit and hold the sitting position correctly, but it does not know when to move or run again. Introduce a “free” keyword to tell it about the release. Treat your dog when it is following your free command perfectly. If it does not understand your verbal free command, put your hands on your lap and call it, encourage your dog to jump, or run. Hug your dog when you are done with the practice or taking a break.
Try it with No Reward:
Now when your dog can sit perfectly and hold it, eliminate the rewarding. It is not a good idea to completely remove this kind of appreciation. Because the more you reward, the more your dog will feel encouraged to follow your command. So, reduce the frequency of rewarding, but show it that your hands are going for the reward. When it is doing good, end the training session with the treat. Slowly, it will learn to sit with no treat. However, make sure you inspire and cheer your dog. Skip rewarding but do not skip praising and encouraging your dog and transmit a positive vibe.
Change the Location:
Try changing places when they can comfortably sit. Give your dog the ‘sit’ command while walking on a road or playing in a park. Make sure your dog can comfortably sit everywhere. No hard and fast schedule is required, but the practice should be regular.
Ask all your family members to play with your dog.
If your dog is having a hard time, repeat after the process where it is failing. Avoid punishing. We can train not all dogs in the same way. I read this on Wikipedia that dog behavior is a internally coordinated responses. So Improve the quality of reward. If your dog loves fresh meat or cheese, upgrade your reward. Make sure the environment is suitable for practising. Remove anything that can distract your dog.
Introduce your dog with new people. Let your dog have a sit in front of your guest. Tell your guests to praise it. Tie the regular activities with its sit position. Teach your dog to sit before having a meal while waiting for a bus while talking to it or when it sees new people. Gradually, your dog will master the sitting. Ensure that your dog obeys you without rewards and foods. However, treat your dog regularly to encourage the habit.