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Puppy Care Learning “Sit”, “Stay”

and “Come”

Learning “Sit”

The “Sit” command is a great first command to teach your puppy. It’s relatively simple to learn and helps your puppy develop good manners when interacting with others. Once mastered, your puppy should stop whatever he’s doing and sit on command. Brilliant!

• Start by attaching a 6ft leash. This stops your puppy from wandering off too far and helps you keep control.
• Hold the leash in one hand and a treat in the other. Let your puppy know that you have a treat, but do not give it to him.
• Get your puppy’s attention. Let him lick the treat in your hand.
• Crouch down directly in front of your puppy. Say “Sit” and then move the treat up and back over the puppy’s head, luring him into the position.
• If this doesn’t work after a few tries, gently pull upwards on the leash and push down on his bottom. You should never force your puppy.
• When he gets it right, say “yes” to reinforce the command.
• Release him with an “ok” and give him some praise.
• Practice this exercise a few times a day for about 5-10 minutes at a time.

Learning “Stay”

Before teaching your dog to “Stay” it’s best to learn the ‘Sit’ command first because it’s an extension of that technique.

• Start by attaching a 6ft leash. This stops your puppy from wandering off too far and helps you keep control.
• Get your puppy in the “Sit” position. Then move around him and stand on his right side.
• Get your puppy’s attention. Let him lick the treat in your hand.
• Say “Stay” and put the palm of your left hand in front of your puppy’s face.
• Reward him if he stays, then move around in front of your puppy so you are facing him. Make sure you keep your hand firmly in his line of sight.
• Slowly take a few steps back, while reinforcing “Stay”. If he follows, just start again. Patience is key.
• When he gets it right, say “yes” to reinforce the command.
• Return to his right side and release him with an “ok”. Praise and reward him. Alternate between treats and praise for your puppy’s good behaviour.
• Practice this exercise a few times a day for about 5-10 minutes at a time. Slowly increase the time you expect him to “Stay,” and the distance between you and your puppy. Puppies learn fast as long as you remain positive and consistently reinforce good behaviour.

Learning “Come”

The “Come” command has the potential to get you and your puppy out of some sticky situations. Puppies learn quickly and this command is just perfect for them. It’s fun, simple, and important, not to mention very rewarding too. When you say “Come” your dog should stop what he’s doing, look up and run towards you, all on the first try.

• Say “Come”, and then back a few feet away from your puppy. Following you is actually a normal behaviour for your puppy, so he should come to you happily and fast.
• If it doesn’t quite work, just try again. He’ll get there. Make sure you always stay in his line of sight.
• When he gets it right, say “yes” to reinforce the command and praise him.
• Practice this exercise a few times a day for about 5-10 minutes at a time.