How to Train a Dog – Sitting
I highly recommend when learning How to Train a Dog is to train your dog to sit reliably on command. This should be one of the first things that you and your dog learn in basic obedience training. I’m not talking about your dog sitting because you’re holding a treat in your hand. Nor am I talking about it sitting after you have repeatedly told it to. I’m talking about a sit that happens immediately after you say the command once, and that eventually happens without a command, any time your dog anticipates something from you.
Start training your dog to sit as soon as you get it, even if it’s a barely weaned puppy. It’s one of the easiest things to teach your dog, especially if it learns that you expect it to sit a lot. Many people train their dogs to sit while they and their dogs face each other. I recommend that when you first train your dog to sit, you teach it while it is next to you. You then can easily teach it to sit when you stop walking during leash training. However, if your dog has been trained that when you say “sit,” it should be in front of you, it will automatically come out in front of you to sit, which is a problem for when you are ready to start walking, again, or if you are at a busy street corner.
How to Train a Dog to sit, have it next to you on its leash. Say “sit,” and bring your right hand (if your dog is on your left) up from in front of your dog’s nose, and back over your dog’s head. Your palm should be facing up. With your other hand, pull up and back on the leash. If your dog follows your hand with its eyes as your hand goes back over its head, it will be thrown off-balance a little bit; and this may be enough to get it to sit.