SIT, how to teach your dog to sit on command.

Teaching to sit is a very useful skill in everyday life and can come in handy when passing another dog on a walk, or when you have guests visiting. Learning to sit is the foundation of building that common language between you and your dog.

■Use the treat to encourage your dog to sit. Prepare a treat in your closed hand. Place it in front of your dog’s nose and slowly lift it up so that it is between your dog’s ears.

■Bring your dog with your empty hand to sit.Repeat this exercise exactly as before using an empty closed hand

■Reduce the hand gesture. After a few repetitions, try to guide your dog with less and less hand gestures and gradually open your hand at the same time, eventually leading your dog with the open hand.

■Add a verbal command. Just before the gesture, add a verbal command.