Basic Dog Commands
Teach Your Dog to Sit
The sit command is probably one of the most basic dog commands and
certainly one of the most important. It is also one of the easiest to
teach. Incorporate this command often throughout the day so it becomes
second nature to your dog.
When you teach your puppy to sit, it helps build his confidence, shows
him you're the leader, and helps to ensure that he's well behaved in any
social situation he encounters.
Training Your Dog to Sit:
- Hold a treat under your dog’s nose
- Slowly move the treat over his head between his
ears. Almost all dogs will automatically sit back. (Don’t move the treat
too high or he’ll want to stand on his hind legs to reach it)
- Say “Good Sit” and give him a treat while he’s sitting
- Do this several times throughout the day for a few minutes at a time until your dog as mastered this skill.
- BE PATIENT AND CONSISTENT WITH YOUR TRAINING - NEVER USE PUNISHMENT IF HE DOESN'T CATCH ON RIGHT AWAY
Teach Sit-Stay Command:
After your puppy understands the sit command you can move on to a
sit-stay command. After you give the sit command, make sure his head is
up and he’s looking right at you.
- While he’s sitting, show him the palm of your hand and take a
couple of steps back and say “Good sit-stay” and reward him IMMEDIATELY
with a treat while he’s still sitting. Start over if he gets up.
- Gradually increase the duration of the stay and
continue moving back. Practice over and over again and keep rewarding
- Teach your puppy a release word such as
“finished” or “okay” so he knows the exercise is over and he can do
whatever he wants. (Make sure you don’t reward him when he’s released
from the sit-stay or he’ll get confused on what he’s being rewarded for)
- BE PATIENT AND CONSISTENT WITH THESE BASIC DOG COMMANDS
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