How to Teach a Dog to Sit

Will Your Dog Just Not Stop Standing? Teach Him to Sit in One Day!

Find out what motivates your dog. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a few pieces of their kibble, a ball or a treat broken up. If you are using food motivation, pick things that are in small pieces or that you can break into small pieces. That way they cat eat it fast and keep training. You don’t want to be waiting for them to eat their treat because this is disrupting your training time.

Once you have their motivation, stand in front of your dog. They can be in any position: sitting, standing, laying down etc. You should be facing them. Say their name and sit. while holding their treat in front of their face and slowly moving it up over their head.

Your dog will do one of two things. He will either lift his head and follow the treat until his rear hits the floor. As SOON as the rear end touches the floor, give him that treat! The second thing he might do is just keep backing up! If he does this you can treat him and easily teach him the command “back” which can be handy for getting dogs away from visitors or away from the door when the mail man comes. Back to sit, if your dog is backing up, take hold of his collar to stop him, use your other hand to touch his rear just above his tail and pet down to the backs of his “knees” and push his knees in. This will cause his back legs to buckle causing him to sit! Again, as SOON as the rear touches the ground, treat!

Let your dog play with his ball or toy for a minute or eat his treat. Pet him and give him lots of verbal praise at this time also. Now you will probably have his undivided attention. Repeat steps 2 and 3 at least 5 times. Wait an hour or so and go back and do steps 2 and 3 again at least 5 times.


By this time, your dog will probably know how to sit. Just because he knows one day doesn’t mean you don’t have to practice another day. Keep him motivated by changing treats of doggie toys. Make him sit before feeding and sit to get pet. This will become all the encouragement he needs to obey you. Use this same technique to teach them to lay down and to come. In no time at all you will have an obedient and happy dog!