All dogs should learn
basic obedience, especially sitting, when commanded to do so. Sitting on
command can be very beneficial to you and your dog especially when it comes to
situations where greetings are involved. You will not wake up one morning and
find out that your dog is able to sit. No, she/he needs proper training and
commitment. During training, you have to make it know that sitting is the
best way to attract people’s attention and also encourage them to say hello. Some
people think that teaching a dog is a task similar to rocket science, but no,
this is the simplest task ever. To help you understand how, the following is a
guide on teaching your dog to sit.
Start with the Verbal Cue Technique
This involves guiding
your dog into a seat using a treat placed slightly above its nose. First you
have you have to hold the treat strategically between your thumb and fingers. With
the treat maintained at a distance of one inch above its nose, try to
move slowly towards a seat. Ensure that you maintain the one inch as failure
may cause the it not to move. When you get to the chair, try to guide the it into it by moving the treat over its head, this will force it to raise its nose
to follow the treat. This will make her behind move down towards the floor and
thus making her to sit. You can then give the treat to her. Make her to stand
again, and repeat the same procedure.
Remove the treat from your guiding hand
Once the dog has
gotten used to the treat. You can then omit it from the steps and use your
empty hand. Say the word sit and bring your hand just above its nose and guide
it. When its sits on the floor, applause it by saying yes you made it!!
Fade out the hand signal
After guiding the dog
with the hand for some time. Then try to lessen the amount of movement with
your hand. Just holdout out your hand above her head and chill for a while, and
say sit, most likely she will sit due to adaptation. Once it starts
responding properly to the word sit, then know that you are not far away from
making her respond to all your commands. To enhance this, you can always put
the treats close to where the dog sits, when she sits, say yes and give her the
treat. This will make her get used to sitting as she knows there is a reward
This are the simple
steps that you can employ to make your dog know how to sit easily.
Written by Annie Moore.