April 19, 2021

Puppy Training Series: Teaching Sit

Puppy Training Series: Teaching Sit

This episode starts a change in the format for Puppy Talk Podcast. Once a week I will be providing detailed instructions of training commands for your puppy. This episode coaches you how to teach your puppy the "sit" command. 

Todays Lesson:

  • Teaching sit using shaping
  • Need training treats - see episode 11 for recommendations
  • Also need a quiet place with no distractions for you and your puppy
  • Lure food over puppies head and slightly back so their butt touches the ground and they sit. 
  • 4 parts: food lure, sit, mark the behavior, reward
  • Do this 5 times with no mistakes. Go for 5/5 - (Jean Donaldson)
  • Once they can do this 5/5, then you can add the command “sit” before offering the food lure. Say “sit”, then proceed with the lure, puppy sits, mark the behavior, and reward. 
  • Don’t add the word sit until the puppy knows the movement well and can do 5/5
  • The next step is to use a hand signal by raising the palm up from your side to a 90 degree angle and also saying “sit”. After 5/5 of this then you can try removing the word and just using the hand signal. 
  • Practice makes perfect. 3-5 minutes a day of sit training

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