Train Your Dog to Sit in 3 Easy Steps!
A poorly trained dog can be a nuisance and a danger to himself and others. A properly trained dog on the other hand, can be a wonderful and pleasant companion! When training always remember that dogs respond best to positive reinforcement - yelling at your dog and hitting him will not accomplish the task, instead use rewards such as treats and your approval - this will make the task much more pleasant for the both of you!
There is a common process to training, no matter what you want the dog to do. The key is to get the dog to perform the action and at that exact moment give the command for the action, then praise the dog and reward him with a treat. After a while, he will catch on and associate the action with the command.
Here's 3 easy steps you can use to train your dog with the most basic command - Sit - used as an example...
1. The first thing you need to do is to get your puppy or dog to associate the act of sitting with the command. To do this, simply hang around with your dog and when he sits give the "sit" command. Alternatively, hold a treat up over the dogs head. He will smell the food and follow it with his nose. This action may cause him to sit (or backup, but obviously we are hoping for the sitting action).
2. The key to the training is to present the reward at the exact moment the dog sits, but you must also give the command at that moment as well so that he associates command with action. So as the dog sits, say "sit" and then immediately give him the treat.
3. Give the dog praise - show joy in your voice and he will really respond.
Training should be fun and not a boring chore so don't overdo it in one sitting. You may have several brief sessions throughout the day.
You should plan to spend time every day practicing with your dog his tricks or commands. This type of repetitive reinforcement will help him to remember them, and also create a stronger bond with you. Through good training, your role as leader is strengthened.