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How to Train a Dog to Sit – Top 3 Training Methods

Training a dog to sit requires patience and some little tricks that lets your dog understand your feelings. Obedience training is an important requisite for you to keep you dog in discipline. The best way to commence this is to make them learn how to sit. It is an easy command that can be learned by your loved pet in very short time. Training the dog to sit increases the confidence in your dog and enhances the skills in them as well. Moreover, you can also have a control over them when any guest comes to your house. Generally, the dogs greet the guest by jumping up. You can get a good alternative of it if you know how to command them to sit.

It is better to start giving them training sit as soon as you bring the new puppy home. Make certain that your dog is comfortable around you before starting the training.

What are the major things to keep in mind while giving the training?

Although it is not that tough task to make your coddled canine trained to follow your command for sitting, you have to remember certain rules such as:

  • Do not lengthen the time of training sessions. It is wise to start with the short sessions like of 5 minutes and so on.
  • It is not important to decide the time of the day to practice this training. You just have to include it the daily routine.
  • It will be a fun training your dog if you get the dog to sit before you throw the ball or feeding them. This will be stuck in your dog’s mind and will prove rewarding in future.
  • Your dog should have a clear idea of what he has been asked to do.
  • Make this exercise a fun for your dog rather than making it a forced exercise for your dog.
  • Praise your dog frequently while providing this training.
  • Give them rewards like delicious food and so on.
  • Dogs will certainly take time in learning it. Thus, you should not expect them to learn sitting in a little while.

Training methods:

Method 1:

First method is ideal for the young puppies. Whenever you see them about to sit, just say “sit” in clear and firm voice. As soon as they sit, reward them with praise or a scratch behind the ears. Slowly, your dog will start understanding the sit command and will start sitting on your command in future. Usually, the puppies make this association in no time. Giving rewards and praises will encourage them to follow your command and the puppy will start loving it.

 Method 2:

This technique is for the dogs that are a bit older than the puppies. This is an effective way of learning. Hold a tasty treat in your hand when the dog is standing at your front. Take treat close to them at their nose level. Your dog will follow the treat and at the same time, his back will touch the ground as well. When the back of your dog touches the ground, praise him. Do not keep the treat so far away from the dog that he would jump to get it. Repeat this process continually until your dog understands what you trying him to get. As soon as he is able to get you, introduce the verbal part of command. Before moving your hand in which you are holding the treat, say “sit”. On practicing this exercise on a regular basis, you dog will start getting your commands.

Method 3:

This is an alternative method that can be used if your dog is not responding to the methods described above. When you are standing next to your dog, hold his leash and gently press down on the rear part of your dog. Say “sit” while doing this task. As soon as your dog sits on the ground, praise and reward him. He will soon start understanding your command and you will not require holding the leash and pressing the back to make them sit.

Practicing any of the above methods will make easy for you to train your dog how to sit. Without a doubt, it is a great feeling when your close-to-heart pooch starts following all what you ask him to do!


From Delhi, Rahul is an animal lover at heart. He is a writer and most of his writing revolves around making people aware of animal issues like health, training and grooming.

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