One of the first and most important dog training basics that you need to teach your pup is the ability to sit on cue. When visitors come over, new dogs come into the picture or children are present, for example, having your dog sit can be invaluable. Although it takes patience and plenty of repetition, teaching your pup to sit is not all that difficult. Here are some tips to help you on your dog training journey.
Dog training Basics: Teaching Your Pup to Sit
Understand the message – When you are training your pup to sit, the message is for him or her to sit down and be still. You are not punishing them or giving them a command as a trick. This is about discipline. That is why you want your dog to see you as the pack leader or alpha dog. He or she will obey you once they understand and trust your commands. Make sure you understand the message and convey it clearly to the dog.
Use a simple phrase – Sit is the most common command but some trainers like to use clickers instead. These are little dog training tools that make a clicking sound just before you share a treat for a job well done. For example, your dog sits down and you click the clicker and give them a treat. The dog will start to associate the sound with something yummy (treats) and want to do the things that bring about the sound.
Keep rewards handy all the time – When you have a puppy, you simply have to have treats around at all times. Keep tiny portions on the counter, in a plastic baggie in your pocket or somewhere easy to get to. When the dog does something you are training them to do, give them a treat and gentle praise right away. Over time you can fade out the treats and just give praise. For now, however, you should treat them any time they sit. Small portions will ensure they don’t become overweight.
Avoid long, drawn out sessions – The last thing you want to do is wear your dog out with dog training basics sessions. You need to spend only a few minutes on the task and then come back to it regularly. Several short sessions will be far more effective than several long ones. Keep it quick and exciting.
Remember that your dog’s butt often follows his nose – Some folks use the treat method that calls for you to put it in your hand, place it just in front of his nose and then move the treat slowly up so that his snout moves up. This often will cause the dog’s rump to go to the floor and get the desired result. If your dog responds to this well, you can certainly go this route. Over time, you will be able to stop moving your hand at all.