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Teaching Your Puppy The “Sit” Command

 “Sit” is the command that you will use most.  I use the voice and food method, and voice and scoop method. The majority of our Labradors are “pocket chops” and normally very attentive for food.  For this reason, I always try the food method first. 

Begin by kneeling next to your puppy with a bit of food right in front of his nose to get his attention.  Once you have his attention, allow him to sniff and lick the food as you pull it up and back, over his head.  This backward motion will cause him to automatically position his bottom on the floor.  Be careful not to hold the food too high or else this will cause him to jump for it.  If he back steps without sitting, place your other hand under his bottom, and with food in hand above his head, guide him into a sitting position.  During the “sitting” process, be sure to give your puppy the command to “Sit” using a calm yet firm voice, and a lot of praise.  Remember that the food is a reward for “sitting”.  If he doesn’t sit, no food until he does. 

The voice and scoop method is also an effective method for most puppies.  Begin by kneeling next to your puppy with one hand on his chest and the other on his bottom.  Apply a bit of pressure to his chest as you push backward while scooping your hand under his bottom as he positions himself into a “sit”.  Be sure to rub his head and scratch his chest.  Enthusiasm and praise is enjoyable and something that he will soon associate with sitting. 

Do not expect your puppy to remain in the sitting position because this is not a “stay” exercise.  After he sits, allow him to get up if he wants to.  Repeat the “sit” lesson several times throughout the day for one solid week, or until your puppy is able to “sit” when you command him to do so.  Take advantage of every opportunity whether sitting for his food bowl, short walks on leash, or an outing to see the veterinarian. 

When your puppy is successful, end your training session and have a short play period.  This will help your puppy associate training sessions with play afterwards. Puppies have a very short attention span and become bored with too much repetition.  Brief and frequent training sessions will prove more beneficial.

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