Teaching Your Beagle Puppy To Sit

Teaching your Beagle puppy to sit

Teaching your Beagle puppy to sit

Hello, everyone. Today we are looking at a cue that's going to be an important part of every dog’s vocabulary and should be one of the first things you teach your puppy to do.Teaching your Beagle puppy to sit on command.

An eight-week old just out of the litter begin learning this straight away.

Sit is an easy command your puppy will be able to do very quickly.

Why Does Your Puppy Need to Know This?

Learning this will increase your puppy’s confidence and provide the ground work for more advanced commands. Sit becomes an essential safety cue used when you want your puppy to be still. Teaching your Beagle puppy to sit on command sharpens your puppy’s focus and redirect and starts the conversation between you and your pet.

If your puppy greets guests to your home by jumping all over them or rushes out the front door every time someone leaves it open, you can regain control of him by using your "sit" command.

Teaching Your Beagle Puppy To Sit - Some General Rules

Don't use your puppy’s leash to drag or sit. Physically pushing his bottom to the ground will not help. You will only confuse and frighten your little dog.

Make it easy for him to succeed by training in familiar surroundings free from other distractions.

Incorporate teaching your Beagle puppy to sit on command into your day-to-day routine. Get your puppy to sit before he gets a treat or before you let him go in the yard Make training your puppy fun, for you or your dog.

Keep your training routines short. a few minutes is enough to start with. Make it quite clear what you want him to do. It's up to you to reinforce the meaning of your cue by applying repetition and consistency.

Teaching Your Beagle Puppy To Sit 

Method A For Puppies

This technique that’s great for teaching a puppy just out of the litter.

1.0 When you're with your pup and you see him about to sit, say "sit" in a clear firm tone.

2.0 The moment your pups bottom hits the floor, praise him and give him a little scratch behind the ear. You want to build an association between your verbal cue and the act of him sitting. Beagle puppies usually make this connection very quickly.

3.0 It wont be long before you will be able to say "sit", and your puppy will understand what you are asking of him.

4.0 Don’t forget to always reward and praise your puppy as soon as his backside hits the floor. Your pup will think "all I have to do is sit down and my human is happy so I get, yummy treats and lots of praise!"

Watch As Bailey Does It

Method B For Older Dogs

Here’s another technique for older puppies and adolescent dogs that works every time.

1.0 First get a tasty treat and use it to get his attention. Now your dog is in front of you and completely focused on the treat, it’s time to get him to sit.

2.0 Hold the treat out in front of him just above his head. Don’t make it too high or he will try to jump up for it. Hold it just out of his reach.

3.0 Move the treat towards him, keeping it at the same height. As soon as you move the treat above his head he will either;

  • Follow your treat with his nose and backside will be on the ground. In this case, give him the treat and lavish him with praise. OR
  • He will start walking backward. This will mean that you are taking your hand too far back over his head, or holding it too far from his nose.

4.0 Repeat this routine until your Beagle gets the idea, then you are ready to start using the verbal cue. Just before you begin moving the hand with the treat in it use your cue "sit".

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5.0 Don’t forget to practice this command frequently throughout the day. Your aim is to get him to him sit, so if he begins walking backward, try the steps again until he sits down. Any time you see him prepare to sit down, say "sit" Be sure to say it before he sits down and not after.

Once the Beagle’s behind touches the ground, reward him with the treat and some praise. You want him to know that he is doing a good job.

Training Tip: Dogs don’t always generalize cues that well. For instance: If all your training sessions are in the living room you THINK you’re Teaching your Beagle puppy to sit but you’re really teaching him to sit IN THE LIVING ROOM. Train on the patio, in the backyard and in other rooms in the house. Keep the distractions to a minimum for now. No dog parks yet.

6.0 Your end goal may be to have your dog obey the sit command in the dog park to impress your family and friends.

Start practicing in a quiet place close to the park. Have him sit a few times, then end the session.Reward him with a visit to the local dog park.

God bless

Richard s.

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