1. Have small treats handy. If your dog has a tendency to nip at your hand when you have treats, use a toy instead

2. Make sure the floor you are working on is not slippery, wet, or uncomfortable

3. Make sure that there are no distractions (other people, noises, other dogs, etc.)


5. Hold one treat inside your hand and bring it to your dog's nose. Your dog is going to try to figure out how to get the treat. Be patient and wait. As soon as your dog's behind touches the floor say "yes!" or "good dog!" and release the treat or toy

6. Repeat a few times

7. Now your can say "SIT" as your dog is moving his bottom toward the ground. Accompany the movement with the cue

8. Repeat a few times

9. Now do the same but have your hand empty this time. Your dog is now looking at your close hand and should go to a SIT even without the treat in your hand. When she does, say "yes!" or "good dog!" and give her a treat/toy

10. Repeat a few times

11. Now say SIT and wait. If your dog has built the association between the word and the action, she will sit. Say "yes!" or "good dog!" and give her the treat or toy

Practice every day for a couple of minutes, and start using SIT around the house every day

- Before putting his food down on the floor

- Before putting the leash on your dog

- Before opening the door

- When visitors come in


- The dog won't sit after waiting for a while with the treat inside the hand. Try moving your hand slowly from the nose of the dog to the back of her head

- The dog is nipping at the hand. Turn around and walk away at the first sign of nipping. Wait a few seconds and try again. You are teaching your dog that nipping removes all attention. 

Teaching your dog to SIT!

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