How to teach your dog to sit
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How to teach your dog to sit

13 January 2023

Does your puppy still need to learn the basics? One of the easiest ways to start with their training is teaching them to sit. Soon, your dog will be ready for more.


  • Your pups favourite treats
  • A distraction free space
  • Patience!
  • Difficulty score: 1 out of 5


1. Hold a small bite size treat in your hand, make sure your dog knows you have it by bringing it close to their nose.

2. Once you have their attention move the treat and your hand above their head and backwards slightly.

3. This movement should make them lower their bottom and into ‘sit’ position.

4. As soon as they are sat say “SIT” nice and clearly, give them a treat and praise them.

5. Repeat a few times over the next few days.

6. Slowly start removing the treat and replacing with praise.

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  • Your dog needs some time to process and learn the command, so don’t worry if they don’t get it straight away.
  • Keep lessons short, around 5 to 10 minutes should be fine for a training session.
  • Try not to repeat “SIT” more than once as this can confuse your pup.
  • If your dog isn’t interested they may be tired, so try again in a few hours or the next day.

Class dismissed! Join us next time for some more top training.

This article is for information only, and should never replace any advice, diagnosis or treatment from your veterinary surgeon or canine behaviourist. Always contact your local vet or out of hours vet without delay if you have any concerns about your dog or their behaviour.

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