The beginning step of training you dog is teaching him his name. When you are teaching your pug his
name begin by saying his name in an excited tone. The Pug may not look at you, but say the name
several times. Eventually, the PUG will look at you, when he does praise him excitedly and give him a
small treat. At first he may not know why he is getting a treat, but he will learn FAST. When he looks at
you each time you say his name then it is time to move on to sit.
Holding a small treat slightly above your PUG’S head and moving the treat slowly backwards to teach
sit is the easiest way to learn this basic command.
According to Pam Young in the following article “sit” is the foundation of all other commands
"SIT" is the foundation for all obedience. All other commands, learning and control branch from this one
Even for those who don't care to teach "formal" obedience, "SIT" will still be a valuable tool.
Consider what happens when you take your dog for a walk. Going for a walk is usually very exciting
for a dog. Often, he will jump and prance and perhaps bark while you are getting the leash and collar.
By this time, the dog has gone so crazy that applying the leash and collar becomes all but impossible.
He is in a vicious cycle of "doggie brainlessness"!
Now, try to put a firm "SIT" command to this wildness before it gets out of control: "Spot SIT!". Use
firm, short words (DON'T "ASK"). Follow through by showing the dog what you want if s/he doesn't
comply immediately. Don't forget to praise for a nice sit - even after you have made him do it. The sit
will help to - as I like to put it - stuff his brains back into his ears. In other words, make him a
THINKING rather than a REACTING animal. Insist that the leash and collar will not go on a crazy
dog. Your dog must get the message: "You must "SIT" before you go anywhere!". After you
accomplish THAT, you want to attempt to GO for that walk!
Now consider a dog that drags you toward the door, gasping and choking the entire way, jumps at the
door, and rushes through the door as soon as you open it. This dog has no respect for his owner.
Instead of allowing all the pulling and choking, insist again on a "SIT" by the door, along with a "STAY".
YOU will always be the one to go through the doorway FIRST (leaders ALWAYS go first - more on
that in a later article). After you have gone first, a cheerful release word "OK" signals that Spot may
follow. If you must lock the door, then another SIT should be required while the dog calmly waits to
start the walk.
Jumping up on you or other people can also be controlled using "SIT". We can teach "OFF" (or
another word, if you wish), but we must also give your dog an alternative for jumping - one that will
bring praise. And that magic "something" is SIT. When your dog becomes excited or appears worried
during a trip to the veterinarian or groomer (or wherever, for that matter), "SIT" can be the key to calm
your dog and, again, get him to THINK rather than REACT.
Many trainers believe (and I believe this to be true also) that there is no free lunch for dogs. In other
words, "You, Spot, don't get attention for free. You don't get your meal or treats for free, etc.". The
simplest thing to have a dog do as "payment" is for these things is "SIT" and, perhaps sometimes,
"STAY". Ultimately, this isn't a big payment, just a calm show of respect for you, as the owner and
So, practice "SIT" - quick, small, fun sits to start. Then practice longer sits, or sits not so close to you
(ON the leash helps you to reinforce the command if the SIT doesn't happen). Above all, "SIT" should
always be praised and your dogmust know that, in any unfamiliar situation, "SIT" will always make you
happy. That is how you start to get respect and
obedience from one simple command - "SIT"!
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