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The 'sit' is one of the most useful things you can teach your dog. If your dog is sitting, he won't be jumping on someone. If he sits before you feed him, he learns that you are the leader. If your dog can sit when friends come over, they will be impressed by his good behavior.

 

Here's how to teach your dog to sit:

• Be ready with a small piece of your dog's favorite treat.

• Stand facing your dog or puppy. Holding the treat in front of your dog's nose, move the treat up toward the top of his head high enough that he can just barely reach it.

• If your dog lifts his front feet off the ground, you are holding the treat too high. When your dog lifts his head and shoulders to get the treat, his bottom should go down.

• As soon as your dog is in the sit position, praise him by saying "Sit. Good boy, sit." Give him a treat if you like.

• If you need to, gently touch your dog's back to give him a signal that you want him to sit. Do not push hard on his back or rear end.

Yorkshire Terrier sitting.

Practice this many times. It may take 10 times before your dog understands! When you think he knows the word "Sit", try it without the treat. If he doesn't sit, don't say anything. Just try it with a treat again. Praise him whenever he does what he is supposed to do.

 

 

You can teach your dog to sit while he is by your side, facing you, or while you are walking him on a leash. Repeat the steps above in many different positions and places. Once your dog knows what "sit" means, he will be happy to please you.

Two adorable Basenjis!

 

TIP:

When you give the command to "Sit", say it only once. Don't repeat it because your dog will learn that he doesn't have to sit the first time. If he doesn't sit the first time, just go back to practicing with the treat again. Don't forget to say "good boy" whenever he is working hard!

 

Little dog sitting Another TIP:

You should never punish your dog or yell at him if he doesn't sit. He is doing nothing wrong.

He is just learning.

Vizla dog standing instead of sitting.

 

Dogs have been wearing collars ever since Egyptian times! We have seen dogs with collars in art that dates back to ancient times.

Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts

 

 

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Here are some of our favorite training books written for kids:

       

 

 

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