Sitting is the most basic dog command out there and it is probably one of the first things your Jack Russell will learn besides his name. It is one of the most useful commands and also extremely easy to teach, making it an essential part of Jack Russell training. It is useful in preventing many common behavior problems for Jack Russells, such as jumping on visitors and running away suddenly for no apparent reason. These are simple, step-by-step instructions for teaching a Jack Russell to sit up.

1. Find a treat your dog likes. It can be a treat, a toy, or a game. If you plan on using a toy as a reward, be aware that this will likely increase the amount of time you spend training, as it takes more time to play than to quickly gobble down some dog biscuit. But you should use whatever reward your dog responds to the most. I find small pieces of minced sausage or shredded cheese to be good Jack Russell delicacies. Don’t overdo it though – too many treats can make your dog overweight, and too much cheese can cause constipation. The idea is to give him a very small amount of a food that your dog values ​​highly.

2. To begin, find a quiet place without distractions. Have several pieces of the treat ready to use. Take a small portion of the treat (or a toy, if that’s what you’re using) and hold it in front of your JRT to get their attention. Hold it in front of your nose; At this point, you can start licking your fingers. Okay, but don’t give him the treat just yet.

3. Slowly draw the treat up and back. You should aim to move it along an imaginary line from the tip of your dog’s nose to the middle of the forehead. (If your JRT has a white stripe down the middle of its head, draw the food along that line.) Now while doing this the dog will naturally start to move backwards, its hind legs will buckle when its head tilts. Get up and he’ll sit down. At this point, mark the action immediately by saying “Good dog”, or something similar of your choosing, and give the treat immediately.

4. Do not give the treat if the dog’s front legs come off the ground. Sometimes Jack Russells get so excited that they grab onto the treat and try to climb up the hand. In this case, hold the treat closer to the ground. Only give the treat when the dog’s front legs are on the ground and his rear is touching the ground. Use your other hand to gently press down on him if necessary, but never use force, especially with a puppy. Just gently guide him into the correct position, praise him, and reward him.

5. Once the dog is used to the action and can sit regularly when offered a treat, begin introducing the verbal command “Sit.” The command should be given immediately before the action to create an association, so say “Sit” just as you bring the treat to your dog’s nose.

6. When the dog fully understands the verbal command and can sit steadily, stop rewarding each Sit and only reward randomly. Every now and then add an extra large treat to get your dog to work harder.

7. If the dog is still too hyperactive to train properly, try taking him for a walk before training.

8. If your dog is not interested in the treat, try training when he is hungrier or experiment with new treats and toys until you find something that catches his eye.

Follow these tips and you will find that Jack Russell training is much easier from now on.

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