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Teaching your dog to sit is usually very easy, most dogs 'get it' quickly and the 'Sit' command is usually the first obedience lesson a puppy learns.
A puppy is like the proverbial 'blank slate' and he's desperate to please you... this means that teaching him basic commands is easier now than it will ever be.
Like human kids, puppies absorb their lessons quickly and completely and something that's been learned during the early months will never be hard-wired into his little brain!
Teaching the 'Sit' command is definitely the easiest lesson for him to learn, and for you to teach.
It's also very versatile and can be the starting point for many (more advanced) lessons.
But the process is the same whether you're teaching an 8 week old pup, or an 8 year old dog.
Just follow these simple guidelines and Fido won't even know you're 'training' him because he's having so much fun. It's the perfect starting point.......
Train your dog to obey the 'Sit' command by following these simple steps....
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If you've tried several times and your pup still just doesn't seem to get it, you can use the hand that's not holding the treat to gently press down on his rump at the same time as the other hand raises the treat over his head and you say 'Fido sit'.
This is a last resort, but sometimes it's necessary for the first couple of times so that your pup realizes what it is you want him to do without getting too confused or upset.
Once he's sat and had his treat, get him up and repeat. Soon he'll understand and you won't need to help him into the sit position....
.... and Voila! That's all there is to teaching the 'Sit' command.
Here's a short video from the 'For Dummies' franchise (one of my favorites!) that demonstrates exactly what I've explained above.
It will help you see how to move the treat so that your pup naturally goes into the sitting position.
It also has some extra tips including how often to practice and how to phase out the treats once your puppy 'gets it'......
Do be sure to practice teaching your dog to sit regularly, I'd recommend two or three times a day at least, doing maybe half a dozen repetitions each time.
Don't forget to keep ALL training sessions short and sweet at this point though, puppies are babies remember, and they have very short attention spans.
You want to keep him having fun, not getting bored or tired.