We all know that feeling of excitement and satisfaction we get when we teach our dogs a new trick. Whether you teach them how to be better behaved (sit, lay down, stay, off) or how to make your friends smile (shake hands, roll over, give a kiss), teaching your dog new behaviors can be very helpful and rewarding for both of you. Bil-Jac Super Premium Dog Food and Joel Silverman, TV Show Host and Professional Animal Trainer, present a series of dog tips to teach the tricks that please both you and your dog. After using these videos as a guide and Bil-Jac Treats as a reward, your best friend will be the most talented dog on the block!
Training your best friend to sit is not a difficult task. If your best friend is young, this would be a simple first trick for your puppy to learn, and for you to get the hang of your training sessions together. Even if your dog is older, sitting is a skill that is never too late to learn! Maybe you are about to cross the street during your daily walk and a car is coming by quickly. You could ask your best friend to sit as the car passes; then, you could proceed to cross the street when the traffic clears. Other examples of times you could ask your best friend to sit include giving them a treat or when guests come over to your house.
Use these 7 simple steps to teach your dog to sit from start to finish:
Start off with your dog in a standing position
Hold a Bil-Jac training treat near their mouth and say the word “sit”. Guide your hand up so that your dog shifts from a standing to a sitting position.
Once your dog sits, say the word: “stay”.
Repeat steps 1-3 over and over again. With this, your dog will start sitting on his or her own.
5. No Treat
Once your best friend seems to be getting the hang of sitting, try steps 1-4 without a treat. Hold your hand as if you are holding a treat, guide your dog from a standing position to a sitting position, and then after they have sat, pull out a treat from your pocket.
6. Move Back
When your dog seems to understand the sitting motion, move back a bit. Instead of keeping your hand close to your dog’s face, shift yourself to be about 2 inches away. And of course, reward your dog when they sit!
7. Practice Makes Perfect
Practice with your best friend for about 3 days to a week. After this, you and your dog should be sitting with ease!
Going through training sessions with your dog brings the two of you closer together and helps create that special bond. Teaching your best friend new tricks is so exciting but remember that it is important to end each session on a positive note. Let your dog know you are very proud of them; they’ll love the fact that you get so excited when they learn a new trick. That enthusiasm will make them want you to teach them more!
Is your best friend now an expert sitter? Or do you have a fun memory that happened during a training session? Please share your stories with us in the comments below!