Dog Obedience The Easy Way. Step One - Sit! You really can train your dog well, and have an obedient dog, given the right understandings and methods. Even if you've not had success with dog obedience training before, this is not your fault. With the correct information on how to do it, dog training is simple, straightforward, easy to learn and effective. Teaching your pup to sit is his first lesson. There are several good reasons why you should start with this command. 1, sitting comes naturally to dogs since they often sit to rest. 2, teaching the pup to sit is relatively easy, a lesson that he will learn very quickly. 3, you will find the sit position an excellent starting point from which to teach the other commands. When the pup is sitting, he is quiet and under control. 4, Sit is a very useful command with your dog. For example getting him to sit at intersections when walking, can be really helpful. Dog trainers used to advise training a dog to sit by pulling up on the leash and pushing his bottom down. This can work, sort-of, but is not the most effective method. Most professional dog trainers now recommend the following method which is better. Use small treats. With the dog standing, take one treat, show it to him in front of his nose, then while his attention is on it, move the treat upwards and slightly backwards, and he will naturally sit down. As he sits, say "sit", praise him a lot and give him the treat. He will soon associate the word "sit" with the action of sitting. This is more effective than trying to teach him by pushing his bottom down, because then he'll associate the action of you pushing his bottom down with sitting, which is far from ideal as you can imagine! Repeat this process then gradually try using just the word "sit" without showing him the treat. Of course, praise him lots as soon as he sits when you say so. This method will enable your dog to learn to sit easily.
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Published on Nov 7, 2010