With old fashioned methods, we avoided doing much training with puppies. It was too stressful for them.

Before you start training, read the instructions carefully, especially the information about common mistakes. This will help to make sure you and your dog make steady progress.

It is also all about getting a new behaviour established. For some cues this is a quite an involved process. But for the SIT cue it couldn’t be simpler.

One of the most important aspects of proofing a SIT is to add duration to it. This is usually known as teaching THE STAY

You don’t want to be bribing your dog, arguing with him, or pleading with him to get that response. You want it to happen instantly, without hesitation, no matter where you are.

We’ll have a quick look here at what that involves, and then move you on to our article on teaching the stay. If you want to teach DOWN before you move on any further with SIT, you can find the instructions in this article: Teach Your Dog To Lie Down

Rewards don’t have to be food. They can also be toys or opportunities. BUT, I caution you against avoiding food at this early stage in training.

For this reason, if your dog has a long history of disobeying the SIT cue, or if you have relatives that constantly give your dog instructions, I recommend you choose a NEW cue (and keep it to yourself).

Sometimes, the fact that you have spoken to him will distract the dog and he will change his mind half way to the ground, and stand up instead.

Other actions, such as "Sit" will be added next, but for right now, getting your puppy to stop right in front of you is the goal.

There are a number of fun things you can teach your Labrador to do as alternatives to the SIT – for example:

Once he has heard the SIT word, he must immediately be lured into a SIT so that the word SIT is firmly associated in his mind with the action of SITTING

If your dog does not sit of his own accord within a minute or so, go straight to exercise two

So don’t be tempted to do it. We want him to be enthusiastic about SITs. This enthusiasm will help you in the next stage when you teach him what the word for this action is.

Gradually, over the space of two or three sessions, you will be able to switch from one cue to another with fewer repetitions. Until you can give just one SIT cue followed by one DOWN cue for example, and the dog will respond correctly. No matter what order you give your cues in.

Teaching the 'sit' cue is the first cue many dog owners want to teach their new dog or puppy. This cue can be used when you need your puppy or dog to focus her attention at certain times; for example, at the curb before crossing the road, in front of a food bowl before eating, at the front door when someone is coming in, and before the leash is attached.

Well, proofing means teaching the puppy to SIT under all kinds of different and quite distracting circumstances. This is not something puppies or older dogs understand automatically. Here are a couple of examples

Whatever you do, don't reach out and grab her as she gets close to you. That will confuse her. When she gets really close, just gently reach out, offer a soft stroke of belly or head, and verbal praise. And if she is food motivated, this would be a good time to offer a yummy treat.

Training Technique: You can teach your dog to sit quickly and painlessly by following these easy, force-free steps.

You might want to know why your puppy has stopped responding to the SIT command, or why he only responds when he feels like it, not when you want him too!  I’ll be helping you with that.

But duration in dog training is a form of distraction or complexity. It complicates things.

Don’t hold the treat so high that your dog tries to jump up for it. Instead, hold it in your closed hand just high enough that he stretches his neck. Every time his rump hits the floor, tell him “Good sit!” This is a great game for children in the house to play with your dog.

Once you begin training in those locations you are going to need a portable treat bag. So you may as well go ahead and get one right now.

This is mine. It clips easily onto a belt loop and has a nice wide opening that stays open. It also sits nicely in a roomy coat pocket.

I’ll be showing you how to teach your Labrador to sit in easy stages, with my Get it, Pair it, Teach it dog training system

Try to fit twenty or thirty sits into a session, and several sessions into the next two or three days

There are two aspects to training a dog to sit. • Teach the dog to sit on cue • Teach the dog not to get up until released

Your timing was out – The dog did not intend to sit

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Fortunately, we now have much better ways to teach sit.

And just think, if you and your puppy continue to work hard—and have fun—at training, someday you may become obedience champs!  

You don’t need to worry about it, because in Part Two of this guide I’ll teach you how to proof your dog’s sit so that he carries on sitting still, even while people stroke him or give him a treat.

Why Does My Dog Need to Know This? As with all cues, sit is a valuable safety cue. You can use it at times or in situations when you need your dog to be seated and still. It helps improve and redirect a dog’s focus onto you, as well as building a language of communication between you.

How to teach a dog to sit

Pack leadership The communication and connection we have with our dogs through exercise, discipline, and affection is the foundation for what I call conditioning, or dog training. I like to teach about dog psychology, and I am more concerned about a dog’s overall balance in order to prevent or correct problem behaviors than I am with the dog’s ability to answer basic commands, like sit, stay, come, down, and heel.

In fact the only word you’ll be saying is YES! I’ll explain more in a moment. But for now, it is really important at Stage One that you don’t say the word SIT or give any other sit cue.

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Don’t get in the bad habit of yelling “Come come come come” multiple times if your dog does not respond. Remember the one-word, one-command rule: Once your dog understands the command, if he does not come the first time you ask, go to him and gently guide him to where you want him to be. If you stand in the yard or at the door and holler repeatedly, he either doesn’t understand the command yet or you are expecting too much too soon.

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A reward is simply anything your dog likes a lot. Most people use small bits of a “high value” food for training treats—something special—such as dried liver or particularly tasty dog biscuits. Lavish praise or the chance to play with a favorite toy can also be used as a reward. Dogs have to be taught to like praise. If you give the dog a treat while saying “Good dog!” in a happy voice, he will learn that praise is a good thing and can be a reward in itself.

For that reason I suggest you don’t ask your dog for much longer sits at this point. We’ll look at those in Teaching Your Dog to Stay.