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How to teach a dog the team “Sit!”

The “Sit!” Command is a basic one in the general dog training course. Its development is not aimed, of course, to teach the dog to sit, he is perfectly able to do this without any lessons. First of all, training this team forms in the animal such qualities as endurance, obedience, attentiveness, discipline. The dog’s ability to sit on demand is useful if the owner needs to carefully monitor its behavior. Also, the “Sit!” Command is used to reassure the pet, to prepare him for the execution of subsequent, more complex orders.

Ways to train your dog to sit!
In the process of training a dog the “Sit!” Team, conditioned and unconditioned stimuli are used. The first includes verbal command and gesture, and the second includes mechanical and food stimuli. Mechanical stimulation is manifested in stroking, pressing the animal’s lower back with a palm, a different strength to snatch with a leash; food – in the encouraging treat with various types of treats.

You can teach a dog to sit exclusively with food, or by turning only to mechanical action. A combined method of training is also practiced, it is called contrasting. Each option has its pros and cons. Continue reading

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