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'How to Train Your Dog to Sit'
Training your dog to sit is one of the most basic skills,
and also sets the foundation for many others. Here is
exactly what should happen: the moment the guide stops, the
dog should sit close to his left side. And here is exactly
how to go about training your dog:
Hold the leash tightly in both hands, with the right hand at
the side, and with a loose grip in the left hand at the left
side. But do not slip the hand through the loop at the leash
Walk forward and stop suddenly, at the same time giving in a
sharp voice the command SIT. Drop the leash from the left
hand. Still holding the leash in a tight grip raise the
right hand, and at that moment press the lower part of the
dog's back to the ground with the left hand while repeating
the command SIT.
The guide should then assume a standing position, once more
with the command SIT. Throughout this procedure, avoid
changing the position of your feet. The dog should still be
at your left side.
What is the dog's reaction? He will attempt to get up on his
feet, to jump to one side, possibly to lie down or sit
Here are the corrections: This exercise offers little
difficulty when executed correctly, though failure may be
traced to various inconsistencies on the part of the guide.
Very likely the guide loosened his hold on the leash with
his right hand and did not hold the dog up on his front feet
as he pressed him into the sitting position, or possibly he
changed the position of his feet and therefore found himself
facing the dog. Also, he may have confused the dog with too
The command ought not to be used more than three times:
first, at the instant of stopping; second, while the dog is
being pushed into a sitting position; and third, when the
dog has assumed the desired sitting position. Of importance
is it for the guide to watch the action of his hands so as
to be sure he holds them exactly as described.
The dog is now in a sitting position at the left side of the
guide, and so long as the guide remains quiet, the dog will
not move. Give him now a few words of praise and a pat with
the left hand, while you still hold the same position with
Should the dog try to sit sidewise and removed from you,
place your left hand against his left side when pressing him
into the sitting position and in that way nudge him closer
Repeat this exercise several times while in standing
position. Then walk again and suddenly stop with the command
SIT. By now, the dog will probably assume the correct
sitting position without further influence and aided only by
the single command.
When the dog executes this lesson correctly -- and of course
it must be repeated over and over again -- don't forget
those words of praise. If for a few times he responds
readily and then fails, be patient and help him again by
pulling him up with the right hand, and pushing him down
with the left.
It requires several days and repetitious practise before a
dog becomes a competent "sitter." But always remain patient
and loving, and sooner than you think, your dog will sit on
command and desire to move on to new commands.
by Sir Jon Weaver
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