Basic Commands – Sit

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When given the “sit” command, the dog will sit on his back legs with his front sit1.jpglegs straight. There are a few ways to accomplish this; the popular ones are listed below.

Using your hand, put gentle pressure on his rump until he sits down. As he does, say “sit”. Praise him after he does.

Use a treat or some food, let him see it and then hold it above and beyond his head. Because he will be straining backwards to see it, the natural position for him to fall into to see it better is sitting, where he can then crane his sit2.jpgneck. Just before his legs start to fold, say “sit.” Praise him after he does.


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Using your hand, put gentle pressure to the bend at the back of the legs. This will automatically cause him to fold his legs beneath him. Say “sit” as you feel him moving into the position, then praise him while sitting.


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