Watch! Lucy Heath's Dog Masterclass: Teaching To Sit
As a professional dog trainer, Lucy Heath knows firsthand that you absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks.
In her eight-part Masterclass Series, she uses positive reinforcement to teach dog obedience training. You will be able to implement her dog advice and do your own dog behaviour training at home.
In this video, Lucy shows us how to train our dog to ‘Sit’.
To do dog obedience training at home you will need tasty treats and your dog’s favourite toy.
All of the dog behaviour training you are about to learn you will find useful in everyday life, especially when it comes to things like vet visits and grooming.
4 Easy steps to teach your dog to 'Sit'
Step #1: Get your dog interested in the treat in your hand
Get him interested in the tasty treat in your hand. Lift your hand up and over their head. Usually, when the head goes up the bottom goes down. Tell them ‘yes’ and reward them with a treat. Move them around a bit to get them up again and repeat this step. Yes!
If you’ve practised this many times and your dog is sitting every time, now it’s time to add the word.
Step #2 : Add the word ‘Sit’
Do the same action again and as your dog sits add the word 'sit'.
Step #3: Use an empty hand
We don’t want our dogs to only listen to us if we have a treat stuck to the end of their nose. So, if they’ve been finding this quite easy the next step is to use an empty hand.
If they sit with your empty hand get a treat from your pocket and give them massive praise and a reward.
Step #4: Fade out your hand signal
Once they understand it's time to make your hand signal smaller and smaller.
We don’t want our dogs to only ‘Sit’ in front of us.
‘Sit’ has loads of practical uses, like waiting by the roadside while you cross the road, so practice having your dog ‘Sit’ by your side or in the middle of your legs so they understand that ‘Sit’ means ‘Sit’ wherever they are.
If you found this information useful, check out more dog masterclasses with Lucy Heath or head on over to our LIfestyle section and find all her classes:
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