Let’s start with the “Sit” training command. Have about one or two tablespoons of dog training treats cut into small pieces and ready to go.
- Position your dog directly in front of you.
- Hold the treat at nose level and slowly move it to the back of their head.
- If your dog sits, verbally praise with “Good” and give a small treat.
- If your dog doesn’t sit, give a gentle push on their hindquarters to help them sit.
- Say “Good” and give them a treat.
- Repeat this process a couple of times.
- If they don’t seem to get it, stop and try again later.
- If your pup is sitting with no problem, move on to the next step.
- Say “Sit,” then move the treat behind their head.
- When your dog sits down, praise with “Good” and give a treat.
- Repeat these steps, and start to hold the treat a little further away from their head.
- Work towards just saying the word “Sit,” the dog sitting down, giving praise and treat.
When your doxie has the basic sit command down, try to have them remain in that position for a couple of seconds before rewarding with a small dog treat. Gradually work your way up to have them sit for 8-10 seconds.
It is recommended to do this training a couple of times per day for about 2-3 minutes per session.
Optional Hand Motion: I added in a hand motion to go along with my verbal “sit” command. My puppy Eko seems to really respond well to this. When I stand in front of him, I say the word “Sit” and I show him my hand facing down / parallel to the floor.
Training Tip: The moment that your dog performs the desired command, give them praise and a small treat. Using positive reinforcement keeps them happy and engaged.