Creature Feature: Teaching “Sit”

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February 2, 2016 by The Dog Rules

If you feed your dog kibble, I highly recommend that you measure out the dog’s daily ration and use a portion of that for training. If you are feeding raw or homemade, I suggest you slightly reduce the meal size in proportion to the amount of treats you feed during training sessions. This way your dog will be earning his food and you will be less likely to end up with a fat dog.

Hold a treat in front of your dog’s nose, say “Sit”, and move the treat slightly upwards and backwards just above the dog’s muzzle. As your dog looks up to follow the treat, he will automatically sit down.

If your dog jumps up, you are holding the treat too high. If your dog backs up, work with the dog in a corner. (If you try this with your cat, you need to keep the treat quite low because they have more of a tendency to stand on their hind legs and use their paws to get the treat away from you.)

When he sits, say “Good boy!”(or “Good girl!”) and offer the treat as reward.

Here’s my “Golden Retriever” modeling the behaviour for us:

Move treat upward and slightly back over dog's nose

Move treat upward and slightly back over dog’s nose

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Good Boy!!

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6 thoughts on “Creature Feature: Teaching “Sit”

  1. tippysmom2 says:

    I love your Golden Retriever! LOL Very concise explanation of the process. That is one of the things my Tippy does really well.

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  2. Too funny! I had to do a double take (with these old eyes) to get the Golden Retriever. Sadly, I no longer have a kitty to train, but these tips would have come in handy a few years ago.

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  3. I love cat dogs. They are the best of both worlds?

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  4. love it! I have 2 cats and 2 dogs, I think I’ll try it today with all of them 🙂

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Once the proud guardian of a rather cheeky Border Collie/Aussie Cattle Dog mix, may she forever rest in peace, my favourite activities were those things that included my canine friend. Now I have a new canine buddy in my life. He's also a Border Collie and sassy like my girl was. We're in the middle of an adventure; teaching him how to be a good canine citizen I spend my spare time volunteering at the local animal shelter as a dog walker/trainer. You can read all about it @ TheDogRules.wordpress.com

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