Pets & Animals | 23 March 2016How to Teach Your Puppy to Sit Share article facebook twitter google pinterest It’s National Puppy Day…or the best day of the year! If you’re training one of your own at home, you know it can be a challenge. In 51 Puppy Tricks, world-acclaimed stunt dog show performer, celebrity dog trainer, and internationally best-selling author Kyra Sundance gives you the tools you need to teach your pup how to sit. Teach It 1. Kneel in front of your puppy. Hold your clicker in one hand, and in the other hold a treat in front of your puppy’s nose. 2. Say “sit” and slowly move the treat in an arc, up and back over your puppy’s head. This should cause her nose to point up and her rear to drop. There is a little trick to this: first lure her nose to point high up, and then start to move the treat down at an angle, from her nose toward her tail. 3. The instant her rear touches the floor, click your clicker and release the treat. 4. If you find your puppy is jumping, it may be that you are holding your treat too high. If your puppy keeps moving backward, it may be that you are moving the the treat horizontally, instead of in an arc. 5. Once your puppy is consistently sitting, wait a few seconds before clicking and rewarding. WHAT TO EXPECT: Most puppies start to learn this trick within a few days, although it usually takes about 100 repetitions before they can do it consistently. Troubleshooting: I can’t get my puppy to sit Some puppies are squirmy, and it may take a while for your puppy to finally sit. Sometimes working in front of a wall will help, as your puppy won’t have room to move backward. TIP! Remember to only reward your puppy while she is in the correct position—sitting. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: 51 Puppy Tricks gives puppy owners the tools they need to teach behaviors and tricks to their puppy through step-by-step instructions and photographs. Most other puppy training books focus on curbing bad behavior. Some have training, but only the most basic tricks. Kyra’s curriculum differs from that of 101 Dog Tricks in that the instructions are geared for the less mature dog. Young puppies are not yet well-tuned to humans, and respond better to a clicker than to a voice. Also, young puppies have so few skills that everyone benefits from a technique called “shaping” which breaks a behavior into minute steps for easier learning. And, of course, puppies receive extra gentle care when we teach, focused more on instilling a love of learning and a communication pathway rather than accomplishing the goal behavior. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.