Basic Obedience Command – “Sit”

Basic obedience commands are the foundation of a well behaved and obedient puppy. These are: “Sit, Stay and Lie Down”.

These commands not only help you maintain control over your puppy but also strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion.

In this blog, we will examine one of the building blocks of your puppy’s training, the “sit” command.

The “sit” command is often the first command taught to puppies. It’s a versatile command that you can use in many situations, like when you want your puppy to be calm and attentive before meals or during walks.

To train your puppy to “sit,” follow these simple steps:

  1. Prepare Treats: Begin by gathering some small, tasty treats. These treats will serve as rewards for your puppy’s good behavior.
  2. Choose a Quiet Environment: Find a quiet, distraction free area to begin training. A calm environment will help your puppy focus on the task at hand.
  3. Get Your Puppy’s Attention: Hold a treat in your hand to get your puppy’s attention. Make sure your puppy knows you have something delicious.
  4. Use the Command: Say “sit” in a clear, firm, yet friendly voice. Use the command only once, and be consistent with your choice of words.
  5. Guide Your Puppy: While saying the command, gently raise the treat above your puppy’s head and move it slightly back towards their tail. This will encourage them to lift their head and sit down to follow the treat.
  6. Reward and Praise: As soon as your puppy sits, immediately give them the treat and offer plenty of praise. Use positive reinforcement, like saying “good sit” and petting them affectionately.
  7. Repeat: Practice the “sit” command regularly, but keep training sessions short and enjoyable. Be patient, as puppies may take some time to grasp the concept.
  8. Consistency is Key: Ensure that everyone in your household uses the same command and hand motion when teaching your puppy to sit. Consistency helps your puppy learn faster.
  9. Generalize the Command: Once your puppy reliably sits indoors, practice the command in various locations and situations, gradually increasing distractions.
  10. Stay Positive: Always maintain a positive attitude during training. Reward good behavior, and never punish your puppy for not understanding immediately.

The “sit” command is a fundamental skill that will serve as a building block for more advanced training. It helps your puppy become well- behaved and attentive, making mealtimes and walks more enjoyable for both of you.

See butter in action here, doing not just the “sit” command but other advanced tricks

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