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Teach Your Boston Terrier to Sit

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Perhaps the first most basic trick to teach a dog is to sit. Teach a Boston Terrier to sit and you are well on your way to more advance tricks and to making your dog a canine good citizen.

Teach a dog to sit

Achieve this and you will improve communication and strengthen the bond between you and the dog. The sit command can help build your dog’s confidence and keep him/her out of trouble. Also, each time you give the sit command, you positively establish your leadership (alpha) over the dog.

To teach a dog to sit on command, a skill easily attained by any dog, no matter age, size or temperament; becomes invaluable as you establish control of your dog and lay the foundation for future training.

Things to keep in mind . . .

Be Patient and Loving.
Never work with your dog when you’re in a bad mood.
Keep it light and fun. You’re dog will pick-up on your anger and frustration.
Working with your dog before mealtime can be advantageous as he/she is hungry and eager for their reward.
Reward with praise and/or treats. But keep treats to a minimum, you’re dog may come to expect them.
Soft treats are a better choice over the hard biscuit type. Hard treats will take longer for your dog to chew and you will lose his/her attention.
You may want to invest in a good quality washable training pouch to hold your treats. They’re more easily accessible, better than trying to squeeze treats into your pocket. It can get pretty messy in there from all the crumbs left behind never mind the smell. You can buy one for about $10-$20 on line or at a local pet store. (An old fanny pouch can work just as well.)
Be consistent – use the same command each time. Advise family to do same.
At first work with your dog somewhere where you won’t have any distractions. Later you can add distractions gradually in varying levels once you feel the dog has mastered the exercise.
Keep your training sessions short – approximately 10 minutes each 2-3 times a day.
Remember some dogs learn faster than others. You should practice every day till learned, then every few days to reinforce.

OK, so you’ve found a quiet spot, you’ve got bite size soft treats in your training pouch or pocket and you’re ready to go.

As an example:

With your dog on your left side, treats in your training pouch, get your dogs attention by calling his/her name in a clear but normal voice. Take a bite size treat and hold it in your right hand between your thumb and forefinger. You want to hold it a little in front and above your dogs nose just out of reach. Slowly move the treat in a slight arc toward his/her tail luring your dog into the sit position.

Tip: Don’t raise the treat too high as it may cause your dog to jump.

The very second the dog’s bottom hits the ground – give the reward and enthusiastically praise your dog; “good boy, or good girl.” At first, when you teach a dog to sit, practice the sit without the sit command for at least two training sessions. If the dog doesn’t sit – No Reward! If instead of sitting your dog cranes it’s neck to look back, or jumps up – quickly turn away and put the treat back into your pocket and try again. As I stated earlier, it takes patience to train your dog to sit.

Tip: If your dog won’t follow the treat and take the sit position, just backs up – try working in a corner or against the wall.

Final Word: Keep it a game, keep it fun and keep it play . . .

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The most basic of tricks of sitting is not always easy to teach. Have patience. You can teach your Boston Terrier to sit with patience and a little time. Remember, always praise your dog for correct behavior, whether with a treat, the kind tone of voice, or a pat on the head. Teach your Boston Terrier to sit and the rest of tricks will come much easier.

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