The dog is man’s best friend.
We love and care for our dogs, and we love how excited they get when we open the door to step inside our home.
But you wouldn’t want to be bombarded by a person when you step inside, so why would you want a dog jumping on you like that every time?
The excitement these wonderful pets have can cause some pretty serious side effects on us also, as big dogs can push you over and little dogs can trip you up.
You want to love and be friends with your dog, but obedience is needed in order to keep your house out of chaos.
Training your dog, like anything worth doing, is like building a house.
You need to have a good foundation or else the rest is useless.
Sit is a very basic command and a great place to start.
The first two steps to training your dog to sit are crucial to the entire process.
First, hold a small treat in your hand, just in front of your dog.
Don’t want to hold it too far away, or too high or too close, as they will try to jump up trying to get it.
As your dog focuses on the treat, move the treat towards the dog and over her head.
This motion should naturally cause the dog to sit, as she will try and hold her gaze up on the treat.
An important note: whenever you are training a dog, especially in the beginning stages, you must always reward their positive behavior.
Until your dog begins to respond the sit command before you move the treat over their head, be sure to give them a treat and a scratch under the chin once they do sit.
This will reinforce this good behavior. Don’t scold them, and don’t reward them without them sitting.
This will train them either to associate the command with negative feedback, or to expect a treat no matter what they do.
After your dog starts to sit on her own without you moving the treat over their head, begin to randomly reward them for sitting.
You can start this by treating them every other time, and begin to lessen the amount you treat them as you continue their practice.
Doing this helps build the obedience and recall the dog, and continues to support their positive behavior.
Even if they don’t get a treat, they will respond to the command quickly in hopes of a reward. It will actually make them quicker to respond.
This is just some basic advice in the training of a single command.
It is possible that you may have extra work ahead of you in the beginning, but don’t give up.
Persistence is key!
If your dog continues to stubbornly stand in the beginning, take a free hand and push their bottom down while saying sit
This will help them associate the word with the movement.
It’s also important that every time you command your dog to sit, you make them hold the position for at least 5 seconds before releasing them.
Over time you can build the time up, which will in turn build up their focus and allow them to sit for longer periods of time.
Dogs are special, and all though you may lose your patience at times, always treat them with the love and care they deserve.
Your dog’s only want is to please you. And get treats!