Having trouble keeping your dog in a sitting position? Try These Three Trainer Approved Tips
Sit is one of the first commands that many dogs will learn so well if you checked this box. However, if you notice your dog standing up immediately after performing this command, you may want to address these three common training mistakes according to a dog trainer and how to avoid them in the future.
Some best dog treats are every dog owner’s best friend when it comes to training your dog, but it helps to know how to use them to your advantage to reinforce the kinds of behaviors you want your dog to have.
Of course, all dogs are different, and everyone approaches training their dogs differently, but hopefully any owners dealing with a restless dog can work on nailing the sitting position by following these tips from the award-based dog trainer Antonio Diaz, also known as leader of the pack (opens in a new tab).
Before you reach for your furry friend or grab those treats, here are three common mistakes you can make when asking your dog to sit.
First, you reward your dog as soon as his butt comes out of the sitting position.
Second, you don’t use a release word after they sit down. So your dog sits, you reward him, then he gets up when he wants.
Last but not least, you reward mistakes, i.e. your dog gets up after being seated, you correct them by asking him to sit again, but you immediately reward that, which brings the dog to learn that getting up gets him a treat.
Watch below to see Diaz amusingly act like the dog in these storylines demonstrating these three common mistakes. Then we can discuss how he would recommend fixing these errors.
Watch this dog trainer show you how to keep your dog in a sitting position:
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Whether you’re a first-time dog owner and just getting familiar with puppy behavior or you’ve had dogs your whole life, it’s okay if you make any of the mistakes Diaz identified. Dog training is as much a learning process for humans as it is for the dog. Luckily, Diaz can help you escape these habits, we’ve featured her tips below for you to refer to:
- Reward them when they appear: instead, when your dog pops up for the reward, Diaz says, “Remove your hand, sit your dog, and try again. He’ll probably try to get up, keep going until he sits like you. reach them and reward them.”
- Do not use a release word: Diaz advises, “Make sure your dog is waiting for his release word so that when you put him in a sit position and reward him if he gets up without your permission, stop him, put him back in a sit position, wait a few seconds, then release them.
- Rewarding Mistakes: Think about it from your dog’s perspective, if you keep rewarding him every time you correct him, he’ll keep making mistakes in order to get the reward, Diaz says. Instead, he says “Correct your dog, put him back in the seat but don’t reward him. Wait until you decide and then you can release him.”
If you don’t like using treats too often, maybe after you’ve mastered the tips above, you could try phasing out workout treats. You can try implementing actual rewards as an alternative to treats. For example, open the door so your dog can run around in the yard or give him a toy to play with.