How to teach the perfect sit.
It’s actually not too difficult. Does your dog lift his but off of the ground immediately after being told to sit? Or does he simply ignore your request?
Do you hunch over your dog repeating”sit” “sit” “sit!!” and still nothing?
Let’s work on 3 things:
Your body language
and the timing of your reward
When trying to train your dog anything, practice in a quiet and calm environment at first. You may even want to consider leaving his leash on.
First of all, NO MORE LEANING OVER YOUR DOG! Stand up nice and tall with your feet in a comfy position. By keeping your height elevated and not moving your dog can see that you are in your most confident position. Believe me, they can recognize this.
What motivates your dog? Is it treats? Praise and affection? Toys? Fetch? Most people with have a pretty good idea of what makes their dog tick, and once you have established this we can move on.
Patience: Say the word “Sit”. Don’t ask them, don’t shout it, just say it like you truly mean it. Some people like to implement a hand gesture along with the command and this does help too! After giving them their command, just wait. Stand Tall, Stand still and wait. This is where the leash can help with a high energy dog initially as you can restrain his movements.
Believe me that your patience here will pay off! Once your dog does sit don’t reward!!! Not right away at least. To teach a very good sit it is imperative to have the dog stay in the position for a few seconds. Over time you can even push this to minutes! When your’e completely satisfied with the result call your dog out of the position and reward immediately with a treat, or praise, or toy etc.. I taught my dog using fetch as his number one motivator and avoided treats whenever possible.
Stand tall and still
Let the dog learn that sit really means sit
and reward like crazy when you invite him out of the position!!!