The wonderful Helen Jarratt has kindly offered to guest blog for Philomena London. She is an amazing animal behaviouist and someone we use personally on a regular basis – you can never stop learning! You can find Helen at www.thebehaviourclinic.co.uk. Here you will find Puppy Training Lesson 1 – Sit. Enjoy!
Puppy Training 1 – Sit.
- Say “Puppy, sit!”
- Hold a treat between your fingers and thumb and hold it close to the puppy’s nose. Slowly move the treat closely over the puppy’s forehead towards its back. As the nose follows the treat the puppy’s bottom will begin to lower, like a see-saw. If the treat is too far above the puppy’s head it will jump for it or move backwards.
- When the puppy sits and the bottom is on the floor say “Good sit” and give the puppy the treat. Do not let go of the treat if the puppy lifts its bottom, make it sit again before releasing the treat.
- I found it very useful to introduce a hand command when saying “sit”. The hand signal and the command issued together appeared more effective in the early stages. Touch your fingers to your thumb and hold your hand with the palm facing you. The puppy should then have a view of your knuckles. Draw the hand upwards towards you and say “sit”. Holding your hand in this position also has the advantage that the puppy cannot see whether you have got a treat hidden or not.