Sunday, December 07, 2008

Training your Labrador Retriever to Sit

Stand in front of your Labrador Retriever.

Hold a treat in front of your Labrador Retriever's nose, just out of his or her reach, so it knows you have food in your hand.

Slowly move your hand with the treat up over your Labrador's head , your Labrador's rear should automatically begin to lower toward the ground.

As your Labrador Retriever adopts the sit position, say your Labrador's name, and give the command "Sit", firmly. Praise your Labrador Retriever abundantly and give your pet a treat when it obeys the command.

If your Labrador Retriever doesn't sit when the treat is held over its head, take the treat out of its reach, putting the treat in your pocket. You will then try again, reinforcing the sit action by gently pushing down on its rear end. As soon as your Labrador Retriever sits, praise and give the treat.

Release your Labrador Retriever from the sit position with the "free" or "release" command and repeat your training.

You want to make sure you keep your training sessions short and entertaining. Two to three sessions of five to ten minutes should be effective.

When your Labrador Retriever fully understands the sit command, gradually scale back the using of treats. Use treats every other training session and then every third time. Keep training until your Labrador Retriever is sitting with no reinforcement other than praise.

I also attached a video that will be helpful with your training.

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