How to train a dog to sit

Teaching your dog to sit is a great place to start with your training. It can be a really valuable behaviour for them to learn.

For example, teaching your dog to sit at kerbs can make crossing roads safer and asking your dog to sit when greeting people means they’re less likely to jump up.


Teach your dog to sit in six steps:

  1. Julia and Bridie training - sit
    With your dog in a standing position, hold a tasty treat near their nose.
  2. Keeping the treat near your dog’s nose, move your hand in an arc over his head. As the dog raises his head to follow the treat, his bottom will go on the floor. The instant he sits, praise him and give him the treat.
  3. Practice this a number of times in short but regular sessions.
  4. As the dog always gets a treat for sitting you’ll soon find he sits for longer. You can now add the cue word “sit” as he goes to sit. Be careful not to say it before your dog moves into position or they may associate it with the wrong movement.
  5. Practice this a number of times in short but regular sessions.
  6. Give an “okay” cue to let your dog know when their training has ended.
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