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How to Teach Your Dog to Sit

Teaching your dog to sit is one of the basic commands every dog owner should know. Whether you are starting with a new puppy or teaching an adult dog, here are the steps you can take to get your dog to sit on command.

Step 1: Get Your Dog’s Attention

The first step to getting your dog to sit is to have their attention. Call your dog’s name and wait for them to look at you.

Step 2: Hold a Treat

Hold a treat in your hand and place it just above your dog’s nose. Make sure your hand is far enough back so that their head naturally moves up, causing them to sit.

Step 3: Say “Sit”

As your dog’s head moves up, say “sit” in a clear and firm tone. Be consistent and always use the same word.

Step 4: Reward Your Dog

As soon as your dog sits, give them the treat and praise them. Keep the treat just out of reach so that they have to stay in the seated position to receive it.

Step 5: Practice

Practice this exercise frequently, gradually lessening your reliance on using the treat while making sure to reward your dog with lots of praise every time they sit.


  • Keep training sessions short, with plenty of breaks. Ten minutes is a good length to begin with.
  • Use positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats, praise, and petting.
  • Never punish your dog if they don’t sit on command. Instead, remain calm, and start the process again.
  • If your dog isn’t interested in the treat, try using a favorite toy or simply petting them as a reward.

By following these simple steps, you can teach your dog to sit obediently on command. Remember to be patient and consistent, and your furry friend will learn in no time!

Good luck with your training and for all your pet’s health needs please visit Oxford Veterinary Clinic in Oxford, MS or call us at 662-234-3930