Training Your Dog to Sit – The Basics


  1. If you notice that they are struggling, simply have a break and come back to it at a later time. It is important to take it slow and to give them the time they need to learn and remember what they have learned.
  2. At this point, you can start introducing the word “sit” or whatever word you wish for them to respond to. As they begin to go into the sitting position, carry on saying “yes” as soon as they sit down, following this up with a reward. Repeat this several times so that your dog has as many opportunities as possible to associate the word “sit” with the action of sitting.
  3. After you have repeated stage 5 several times and you feel your dog is getting the hang of it, try it without holding a treat and without saying the word “yes”. Simply say the word “sit” and move your hand as you did before. If your dog struggles without a treat, you can continue to use it before trying to remove it again.
  4. Now that your dog is responding to sitting down on command, you should try and find somewhere a bit busier where you can continue your training. This ensures that your cat is able to continue responding and reacting to your command regardless of the environment. Because of the new surroundings, you may have to go back to step one for this but your dog will soon be able to work out what is going on provided you are calm and consistent with your training!