Q: How can I teach my dog to sit?

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2042 days ago

Mary T.

My otherwise brilliant puppy has never learned to sit. How can I add, “Sit” to his bag of tricks?

Chosen Answer

To teach your dog to sit, catch him doing something right — a useful human-management tactic — works even better with dogs.

This is also called the induction method of dog training. For whatever reason your dog resists the “Sit” command, he certainly sits when you’re not on his case, right? The next time he begins to sit voluntarily, say, “Sit” and reward this brilliant behavior. You want him to think: “Life is good. The human is pleased when I do something I’m happy to do anyway. Let’s try this again.”

This time, you say “Sit” first. Maybe it won’t work immediately. No pressure. Wait for the opportunity to catch him doing something right again.

Better yet, teach him something that comes naturally: “Scratch!” People will think your dog is a genius.

Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.

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