Clicker training Theory
Clicker Training Articles
Sitting is a behavior most dogs do anyway. Hence, it is fairly simple to
have this behavior on cue. All we have to do is tell the dog that a
treat is coming if he/she sits.
Prepare in advance a clicker and some highly reinforcing treats.
Stand in front of your dog and hold a treat. Dont do anything.
Let the dog explore and try various behaviors.
If the dog jumps at you ignore it. if the dog barks at you
ignore it. Basically ignore all behaviors and wait for the dog to
sit. Most dogs will sit sooner rather than later and when they do
make you sure you notice it and click while they are sitting and not
after they are already in the sit position.
If, the dog does not sit, we can help
him/her by moving the treat up over his/her head and moving it a
little backward. This should cause the dog to sit click and
Repeat step 3 several times and fast. After the dog sat and got
his/her treat, move a step back quickly. The dog is likely to come
to you when he/she sits again click and treat.
When the dog is reliable at performing the sit, start saying
the word sit while he/she is sitting. Gradually, say the word
earlier in the process of sitting until you actually say it before
the dog is sitting.
Watch a video that
demonstrates this exercise.