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Teaching Your Pit Bull To Sit
Now that your Pit Bull has learned
to follow the command “come,” he is ready for his next trick. Another
very useful behavior that you can teach your dog is to learn how to
“sit.” “Sit” is one of the simplest tricks to teach. Learning this
behavior is vital because it is an effective way to control your dog
and also help you set the foundation for other training to follow.
It is very easy to teach your Pit Bull how to “”sit.” Stand right in
front of him while holding a treat slightly above his eye level. Say
“sit” and then move the treat closer to him until it is just above his
eyes. You may have to put your other hand on his rump to prevent him
from jumping up.
If he takes a step back instead of sitting down, place his rear against
a wall. When he begins to look up and bend his hind legs, say “good”
and then give him the treat. Repeat this process again. Have him bend
his legs more and more this time until he is in a full “sit” position
before saying “good” and giving him the treat.
Once your Pit Bull knows how to “sit,” he then needs to learn how to
remain in the sitting position for as long as necessary. The way to do
this is to teach him to “stay,” which is another very useful command
that you can teach your dog.
Dogs have a dangerous habit of running off through open doors, whether
from the house or from a car. It is very important to teach your dog to
sit and stay until you give him the signal that it is ok to get back
up. Only then can he walk through the door or exit the car.
Get your dog to sit and then say “stay” in a calm and soothing voice.
If he tries to get up or lie down, immediately gently place him back
into position. Have him maintain the position for a few seconds and
then give the release word “ok.” Do not forget to praise and give him
his favorite treat for doing a great job.
Repeat the process again, gradually increasing the amount of time that
he has to sit and stay. However, do not ask your Pit Bull puppy to stay
longer than 30 seconds. The goal is to let your pet succeed, not push
him to the limit. Remember to be patient and to increase time and
distance in small increments.
Avoid staring into your dog’s eyes if you think that it will help him
to focus his attention on you. Doing so only creates the opposite
effect. Your dog will sense the staring as a threat and can be
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