Following orders is the trait of an intelligent, noble, and well-trained dog. However, even the most-trained puppies can sometimes be stubborn and insist on doing things their way. “How to make my puppy sit?” is a frequent question among dog owners and one of the first tricks a puppy must learn.
Why is it so hard?
“What are you talking about, human, can you repeat, please?”, your puppy probably saying to their dog-self, looking at you and not knowing what you want of them. Maybe your dog senses that treat in your right hand but doesn’t know what to do about it.
“Was I good? Oh, mother of three sausages and a piece of ham, tell me what to do!?”
On other occasions, your puppy knows exactly what they should do but also knows that there isn’t any treat waiting for them at the end of the session. Puppies can smell your thoughts and sometimes may knowingly choose not to follow orders.
According to dog trainers, orders like ‘lie’, ‘stay’, ‘down,’ and ‘sit’ should be learned when the puppy is between 7 and 8 weeks old. At this age, puppies are most engaged and ready to learn.
What should you do in order to teach your dog to sit?
So great, you did make make your puppy sit but the moment you turn your head away, they’re off the ground while their little cunning eyes are looking right at you. Here are some tips on how to avoid it:
The lure and reward training
The lure and reward training is the most commonly accepted training method for making your dog sit, as well as learn other orders like ‘down’ and ‘lie.’ Even the most experienced dog owners should follow several simple steps when using this training method:
- Call your puppy and make them stand in front of you.
- Place a treat before their nose and hold it there for a moment or two.
- Start lifting the treat above their head and towards the rear.
- As your puppy follows the treat with their eyes, the rear slowly falls back on the ground.
- When you notice that your puppy’s already sitting, give the treat as a reward and praise the smart puppy.
- Once your puppy learns to follow the treat and sit, you’ll have to place the lure in your other hand and hide it. This way, the puppy will be lured by the empty hand and will instinctively sit down while getting the treat from your other hand. Your empty hand now becomes the signal for the order.
- After repeating this order a number of times, you should also add ‘Sit’ to the empty hand.
- Repeating is the mother of knowledge, as the Romans and their well-trained Rottweilers would say. Exercise this order multiple times a day, and sitting won’t be a problem in the future.
What might confuse your puppy and what else can you do?
Don’t ever try to push your dog’s rear end as it will confuse them and make the order even more complicated. Furthermore, the timing for giving the treat is crucial. Make sure that your dog is already on the ground when you display the treat before them. At this point, your puppy can also be a little bit inattentive and struggle to understand what you’re asking of them.
You could also try teaching the order in a reverse way. You can start by making your dog lay down and then slowly lift them into a sitting position. You can grab their attention by placing the treat before their nose and gradually lift it towards the back of your puppy. Everything else stays the same: for a successful sit – there’s a treat!
Making The ‘Sit’ an Everyday Habit
Exercise the maneuver with your puppy daily and make it an integral part of their behavior. in order to make sure your pup has truly mastered the craft of sitting, you can always reward him with a treat when he decides to sit voluntarily. This way, sitting becomes a habit.