Teaching Your Dog to Sit on Command

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Teaching your dog to sit on command gives you a way to stop your dog quickly and get him under control. Start your training when your dog is alert but not overly excited. Get down to your dog’s level and hold a food treat in front of him to get his attention. Raise the treat up and over your dog’s head so he needs to lower his rear end. Say your dog’s name followed by the SIT command. As soon as your dog’s rear end touches the floor, give him the treat and lots of praise. Practice this often. Then start delaying the time between the touch down and delivering the treat. As your dog becomes more consistent, start reducing and then eliminating the treats so your dog sits by your command and praise alone. Keep training sessions short. Be patient and kind throughout the training. Learn more from your Cy-Fair veterinary clinic.


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