You might think that there are a lot of steps in the process for how to teach a dog to sit, but the truth is it's fairly simple. All you need is a treat and the tips shown below. April Mackin, an on-set trainer for Disney, shows you how she gets dogs to sit despite all the distractions of a movie set.
If you prefer reading to watching, here's the transcript of April's tips. (It's helpful to watch how the hand movement encourages the sit, which you can see at the 40-second mark.)
"Hi, this is April and this webisode is about how to train your buddy to sit.
"Ok, this is Mudbud, he's our little buddy and what we'd like to do with Mudbud is we'd like to show you how to train sit on your little buddy. So as always, positive reinforcement is the most important thing. I'm going to go get a little treat for him from here, good, to train a sit. Take your hand and put it over his head - sit - and then he'll sit down. Ok. I'm going to see if I can't get a little further back - stay - sit - good! Very good. Sit - good. Very good. What a good boy.
"The hand signal for sit is to take your hand up and over the dog's nose and down its back. Sit - good. Happy training! Remember to always use postive reinforcement and keep your sessions short, but repeat them several times a day. Now that you've learned how to teach your buddy to sit, watch the buddies perform the same behavior in this film clip."
It's just a few easy steps for how to teach a dog to sit. It really is that simple - it's how my dog learned to sit, and she responds to the hand signal from across a room. Once you teach your dog to sit, you have the foundation for a well-mannered dog and tricks like shake and high-five.
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