How to Train Your Dog to Sit - dummies

By Jack Volhard, Wendy Volhard

Every dog needs to know basic commands, and Sit is one of the most important behaviors to teach your dog. Not only does the Sit command come in handy in daily life when you need your dog to control himself, but Sit is also part of several exercises on the Canine Good Citizen test. Check out this video that shows you how to train your dog to sit.


Teaching the Sit command is a two-part process. First you teach your dog what the sitting position is. Then you teach him to Sit on command.

To teach your dog what the Sit position is, use a treat and follow these steps:

  1. Hold a small, bite-sized treat just a little in front of your dog’s eyes, slightly above his head. Say “Sit” as you move your hand an inch or so above his eyes and over his head to lure him into the sitting position.

  2. When he sits, give him the treat and praise him.

When your dog understands what the Sit position is, you can start to teach him to obey your command. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Place your dog on your left side and stand facing in the same direction. Put a treat in your right hand, kept at your side.

  2. Put one or two fingers of your left hand through his collar at the top of his neck, palm facing up, and say “Sit.”

    If he sits, give him a treat, praise him, and take your hand out of the collar. If he doesn’t sit, pull up on his collar and wait until he sits; then praise and reward him with a treat.

  3. Practice until Buddy sits on command without you having to pull up on or touch the collar.