This video illustrates the basic methodology of performing the “sit” command.


Beginner Level:

* It’s best not to use a command until your dog is consistently able to perform the correct action.

1. Hold a yummy & stinky treat above your dog’s nose.

2. Slowly move the treat towards his hindquarters. This movement, if slow enough, should naturally move his rear toward the floor.

3. Treat the good behavior and release him with “OK!”.


Novice I Level:

After successful training sessions at the beginner stage, its time to advance to Novice I.

1. Command a sit: Name…Command….Action. Address your dog by name and then follow with the desired command.

2. Allow time for her to process the request and signal good behavior with “yes…yes…” (think hot/cold game).

3. Promptly treat successfully completed sits. Release your dog with “OK!”.


Novice II Level:

Take what you and your dog learned in Novice I and integrate the “sit” hand signal to incorporate visual and verbal cues.

Hand signal: hand, palm-side up & 90° to the torso, then slowly moving towards the chest.


Advanced Level:

Take Novice II to the next level by eliminating the verbal cue and working on visual-only commands.


The progression from Beginner to Advanced is not quick. Give your dog or puppy time to learn and also time to relax after short, successful training sessions. Try to incorporate play into training to keep it fun for your dog and to reduce the stress of learning.

Good Luck!


If your dog has already mastered this command, check back next month to learn the “down” command. Our focus is to demonstrate a new trick/command each month!

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