Teaching your dog to sit is probably the easiest trick training as it is a natural posture for all dogs. Not only does this sit technique help you position your dog for success, but it also promotes good behavior and is a highly effective control technique that establishes your leadership role in the relationship between you and your dog. Although if you need professional help with this, you can learn about that here along with the shiba inu price that you might have to pay for training.
As with most of my trick training, I use a clicker and treats to enhance my dogs’ learning curve. If you do not have a clicker, you may skip the part and follow the steps as per normal. However, I highly recommend you get a clicker starter kit or enroll in basic clicker class if you see this as an ongoing activity for you and your dog. I can’t say highly enough the benefits and ease of using a clicker in my training.
Bite Note: When learning a new trick and game, it is best to start on familiar grounds like an indoor or backyard with minimum distraction. Do not proceed to new grounds until the technique is mastered. Once your dog masters the skill, then you may proceed to public places like parks with some distractions. Gradually intensify the distraction.
Steps to Teaching your Dog the Basic Command – Sit
Have the treat in your hand and hold it in front of your dog’s nose. Let him sniff it, lick it but do not let him have it. Do not alter any command or signal. Slowly move the treat from his nose and then over his head. Since your dog won’t be able to get to the treat in its normal position, he will sit down. If he doesn’t sit, move the treat back to the tip of his nose and then slowly back over his head. Repeat step 4 about five to eight times. Again, do not alter any sound. When he eventually sits, it’s this split second you mark the behavior with a click and follow by a treat. Do this a couple more times. Once your dog is able to sit reliably, it’s when you introduce the verbal cue/command “sit”. Try step 3 again but this time before his butt lands on the ground say the word “sit”. Give the dog the treat and praise him lavishly but not fuss way too much about it. You do not want to divert your dog’s attention somewhere else. Keep practicing the technique but each time you do it, use smaller pieces of a treat. Your ultimate goal is for your dog to sit down without requiring a treat. Imagine how annoying it would be if you had to feed your dog every single time you wanted him to sit.
Additional Bite Tips
Don’t ever reward your dog if he sits without you asking him to. Doing so will confuse the dog and give him the idea that he doesn’t need to listen to you to get a reward.
Each time you give your dog something it likes, tell him to “sit” before your dog can have it or do it. For example, before he can play with the ball or before he can have a treat. In doing so, it will teach your dog great discipline and you will have a more patient and calmer dog.
Practice makes perfect, so try and use the sit command at least 3 times per day as a minimum. You don’t want your dog to forget the command, so use it every time it’s necessary.
To help him generalize the behavior, practice in all areas of your house, inside and outside, parks, and vet clinics. Should the place get too distracting, go back to using the treat to help him master the technique.
If you want to, you can teach your dog a hand signal for “sit” instead of just the voice cue. Use the steps above but with step 3 instead of bringing the treat over your dog’s head, use your other (empty) hand. If he sits, keep practicing the empty hand technique. It is important that you make the decision of either using a hand signal or a verbal cue from the start. Switching command cues from one trick to the other will only cause more confusion to your dog resulting in a frustrated trainer – you.
You may substitute the click for the word “Yes” in an excited tone.
KISSER-in-Five motto – Keep It Short and Simple with Easy Repetitions in no more than FIVE minutes training at a go. If your dog is able to master a new trick successfully in three minutes, stop the training immediately. Always end the training with a positive note – setting your dog to succeed. You want to build his anticipation for the next training session.