This is the second most important word you can teach your dog. As stated above a dog will soon learn that “go for a walk” or “do you want to go out?” means that you are prepared to go for a walk with him or her. Trying to leash and/or collar an excited dog can be a challenge. So teaching your pal “sit” can be very convenient. This is a little more difficult than “no.” Your dog did not come equipped with a ready understanding of human speech. The good news here is that they are not only willing to learn, but readily prepared to recognize a huge variety of sounds and associate some meaning to them. This includes human speech.
The difficulty for the dog is translating your words into his or her actions.
There is a very easy way to accomplish this. Make sure to collar and leash your dog. Say “sit,” once only. If she or he does not sit, poke down the rear end with your finger. The dog may not sit, but you will succeed in moving its rear closer to the floor. If this does not cause the dog to “sit” use your other hand to push back on the chest. This will naturally cause the rear to move downward if his or her rear legs don’t move.
You may need to do this many times before the dog realizes what you want.
Hang in there. It is worth it to teach the dog this one word.
Once the dog figures out what you are trying to accomplish and actually sits, be sure to reward the dog. I prefer praise to treats, but at this point in time you want results.
Eventually, and this may take weeks, your dog will know that “sit” means to sit down. As “sit” training progresses be sure to observe the dog carefully. At first don’t expect the dog to sit immediately. He or she may hesitate and sit very slowly. You want to give the dog some extra time to comply in the beginning, but always praise or treat when “sit” is performed. Eventually treats and praise will no longer be necessary.
Remember; only say “sit” once for that action. If you say it multiple times the dog may conclude that he should sit only after hearing the word three or so times and that is not the object of this training.
Sit is an excellent command to teach the dog.
Use “sit” as a requirement for treat, as a prelude to going out, and any time you want the dog to be still.