The Click Method of training a dog
Few things in life are more exciting than getting a new puppy to sit on command. My favorite way to accomplish this is by using the Click Method. The Click Method of training a dog to sit is based upon rewarding the animal for the desired behavior. It gets its name from the idea that some audible queue, such as a click, is used to alert the dog of a pending reward. Whenever the audible queue is given, the reward follows immediately. To train a dog to sit by this method requires little effort on the part of the trainer. One begins by presenting the dog with several treats, one right after the other, while giving the audible queue.
Then abruptly stop the shower of treats and wait for the animal to direct its attention to you. Next, display a treat and give the audible queue as you give the treat to the pet. Now hold another treat at chest level so that the dog must look up to see the treat. After a few minutes, your pet will likely sit down on its haunches because this position makes it much easier to watch the treat. Immediately, after this happens, give the audible queue and reward the pet. Repeat this lesson several times.
After a while you will notice your pet sitting in anticipation of the click and the reward so it is now time to add your verbal command to the routine. When the dog begins to sit, say “sit”. This will gradually teach the dog that the command precedes the action and they will learn the meaning of the command in this way. After some practice and a bit of patience, your dog should begin to sit without having to see a reward being offered.