Sit For Everything
Use “Sit” to teach your dog how to ask for things politely
Now that your dog knows a really good sit, and even knows how to sit when you ask them nicely (only one time, right?), we can ask them to sit before getting all kinds of good things. Sitting is a dog’s way of saying “please”. There’s a lot of names for teaching your dog to sit before getting good things, like “Leadership Protocols” and “Nothing In Life Is Free“. But really, all that matters is:
Sitting is a very common way to teach dogs to politely ask for things. The reason we want to teach dogs to sit is that they can’t sit and jump up at the same time! Sitting and jumping up are “incompatible behaviors” because a dog can’t do them both at the same time.
So this is how we teach dogs to be polite – by sitting! When a dog really wants something and they’re sitting instead of jumping on you or pawing, you know it means they’re trying really hard to be polite!
There are lots of different times when you can ask your dog to sit for what they want. Basically, anytime your dog wants something, you can let them have it, but with first adding the step of sitting first.
If you ask your dog nicely to sit before giving them all kinds of nice things, they will start developing a much better relationship with you – a relationship based on trust and affection. This also helps prepare them to learn lots of other polite behaviors, like how not to jump up at you for attention! If you want to skip ahead, here’s the lesson on “JUMPING FOR ATTENTION” Always remember that:
For the next week, ask your dog or puppy to sit before getting anything you think they like, especially their meals! With going outside, getting meals, getting pet, and treats, you should have at least 20 opportunities for polite sits throughout the day. So remember: