How To Teach A Dog To Sit – The First Basic Command
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How to Teach A Dog to Sit – the First Basic Command

It is very important to understand how to teach a dog to sit because this command is the first command your dog should learn. It is a very fundamental command and it is from this simple exercise that all the other commands follow. With this command the dog is showing a form of politeness, it is not aggressive and willing to wait. As you enforce the sit command, your dog will learn that if it wants something and you are busy, it needs to keep calm and simply wait for you to give it attention.

Before I start explaining the sit command, I’d like to remind you that patience, perseverance, and lots of exercise are the keys to effective training. Show some love and affection for your dog and you’ll be on your way to get great results.

The Reward System

How to teach a dog to sitTo get best in training your dog, especially in the beginning,it is important to use a reward system with your dog. You don’t need to give your dog a big reward, sometimes a small treat and a praise are more than plenty. Make sure that your dog understands exactly what you want from it and that the prize is a direct consequence of the action performed. As your dog becomes more familiar with the sit command, substitute the rewards with praises, and as time passes, your dog will look more for your praises than the treats.

How to teach a dog to sit

Objects needed:

• One or more toys that your dog likes to play with

• Cookies or nuggets which your dog is very fond of

Your behavior:

• Never make eye contact with your dog

• Avoid talking

• Avoid physical contact with the dog


• You must take into consideration that the sit command is the first command

• 0-15 minutes once or twice a day with at least a couple hours interval

• A few days until the command is fully understood

• With puppies begin after they are at least four months old


1. Hold onto your right hand a game or the cookie. The left hand is not part of the exercise so it should remain behind your back.

2. Call your dog and don’t go towards it, make sure your dog comes to you.

3. Show your dog the object you are holding in your hand and invite it to grad hold of it.


4. Continue only if your dog is interested in the object you are holding, if not change object.

5. Stand directly in front of the dog, lean gently towards it with your arm relaxed and your hand just over its eyes.

6. Make sure that to get hold of the object your dog must lift its head and move slightly back.

• If your dog managed to get hold of the object you were holding, stop the exercise and resume after a few minutes. Be careful not to make it win win too often, as you risk undermining the validity of the system.

• If your dog walks away uninterested, change object and go back to point number 2 and repeat the sit command. If you fail more than a couple of times stop the exercise and resume the following day.

• If the dog moves back follow him first with your hand then making small movements towards him. Don’t chase around it around too much: if the dog is not interested stop the exercise and repeat the sit command exercise after a couple of minutes.

• If your dog tends to bend its hind legs as if to sit still, continue until it is fully seated. (your dog has already learnt something)

7. With the dog seated, you will give him whatever object you are holding in your hand (Reward for what it has done)

8. Step slightly away from the dog letting it enjoy its reward

9. Repeat the sit command exercise a few times

10. When the dog will tend to sit at the mere sight of the desired object, you have to pronounce the word “sit”

11. The sit command will be fully acquired when your dog will sit without having seen any object and just as you as will pronounce the word “sit”

12. For the first few times, when each exercise is done properly you must reward your dog with prizes: food (cookies), physical (caresses), verbal (saying nice words)

13. In the future, with the sit command acquired, you won’t reward your dog unless you have explicitly given the order.

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