How to Teach Your Dog to Sit

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Training a Bichon Frise to sit
Training A Bichon Frise To Sit

Teaching the sit command to your dog is usually quite simple, as dogs tend to sit naturally. Sit is an important basic dog training command that every dog should know. It is a way to help your dog settle a little bit in one place and focus on you. The training can also help lay the groundwork for stay and other more complicated commands. The key is for your dog to associate the word with the action.

Before you begin, make sure you have training treats to offer your dog. These treats should be soft, small, and highly appealing to your dog. If you use clicker training with your dog, have your clicker in hand. Chose a training location that is private and free of distractions, such as your backyard or a quiet park.

  • Include the front door and food bowl as regular training locations. This will make your dog more likely to sit when greeting guests or before feeding.
  • Once your dog becomes an expert at sitting, you won't have to give a treat each time. It's a good idea to give treats occasionally in order to reinforce the behavior.