How to Train Your Dog to Sit on Command

Are you wondering How to Train Your Dog to Sit on Command? It’s quite easy. here some useful tips that might help to train your dog in the quickest, easiest, and most effective manner.

  1. Begin in a quiet room where there are few or no distractions.
  2. Prepare a pouch filled with treats so you don’t have to pause during the session to get more.
  3. Place your clicker comfortably in the hand that will not be giving cues or treats.

Sit on Command tips

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  • Begin with targeting your hand. This tells your dog that it’s time to play and he’ll be all nose and attention on your hand.
  • Show your dog the treat by holding it between his eyes.
  • When he looks up, his rear end will automatically go down.
  • Click and reward.
  • Repeat this three times.
  • Now add the command, “sit,” as you lure him into position.
  • Do this three times.
  • Without luring your dog, say, “sit.”
  • If he does so, rewards him. If not, use the lure again.

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your dog now knows how to sit on command. Test his knowledge by moving to a new place, just four feet from where you were working. Try again. If he performs as requested, click, praise, and reward.

If not, he has not grasped the meaning of the verbal cue. Repeat the training sequence in the new place, then test your pup again.

If your dog needs to be lured every time you move to a new location, it means he does not understand the meaning of the cue. Go back and reteach him the verbal cue in association with the luring action. Some dogs just need a little more repetition.

Give your pup the command as you present the visual cue

Now it’s time to turn the lure into a visual cue. A very clear visual cue is your hand moving upward from the elbow, palm open, facing up. This cue is very similar to your initial arm movement when you were luring your dog into the sit position.

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Give your puppy the sit command as you present the visual cue close to him, just out of his reach.

  • He should sit on the verbal command but will be watching your visual cue as well. Once he sits, click, praise, and reward.
  • Repeat at least three times.
  • Now try it with only the visual cue. Give the cue and wait.
  • If your pup sits, click, praise, and reward.
  • If your pup doesn’t sit, return to using the verbal cue as well. He may need both the cues for a while before he can transfer to either alone.

The Down Command:

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This particular position may be difficult for a dog with a dominant personality, but if you find a lure that is irresistible, he’ll move into the down position as quickly as a less dominant dog would.

Test the value of your treats and rewards before beginning this exercise. If you want absolute driven behavior, go for the ultimate value right from the start—steak!

  1. Tell your dog to sit. (He should know this one by now.)
  2. Place the lure under his nose and move it down until it is touching the floor. His head will follow the lure.
  3. Click, praise, and reward.
  4. Each time you do this, you require a more downward movement. While some dogs will automatically drop to the floor for the lure, others won’t and you’ll need to slowly shape the behavior.
  5. The second the pup’s tummy touches the floor, click, praise, and reward. While you want to maintain the requirement that down means tummy touching the floor, it’s OK if your pup rolls onto his side or back as he’s learning the action.

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Make it simple: click, praise and rewards

Later, you can shape the behavior to more sphinx-like positioning, if you wish. For now, the criterion is simply for the dog to lie down.

Once your dog can perform this action at least three times in a row, add the verbal cue for down as you lure your pup into position.

Your lure is working as a visual cue that your puppy will associate with the action of lying down. Use a distinct hand signal as you offer the lure. I always use my index finger pointing downward, because it is so different from the open hand gesture for stay.

As with sit, have your pup perform the down in different locations. Slowly add distractions into the mix. A distraction can be the presence of a toy, or another family member, or simply working in another room. Mix up the exercises by alternating the sit and down commands.

Reward your Dog Without Treats

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You may find that once you teach these behaviors, your dog will be throwing them at you to obtain attention and rewards.

Be sure not to offer any response unless you first requested the action. A mere word from you is enough reward for your dog to continue doing the behavior.

While sitting and lying down for attention is far better than jumping on you, it is still a sign that the dog is pushing you into giving him what he wants, when he wants it.

Giving your dog attention should always be your decision, not his. For more dog training tips you could check out this article: Puppy Training Tips