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How to teach a Jack Russell to sit

How to teach a Jack Russell to sit

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

1. Find a treat that your dog likes. This could be food or it could be a toy or a game. If you plan to use a toy as a reward, keep in mind that this will likely increase the amount of time you spend training, since playing a game takes more time than quickly eating a little dog biscuit. But you should use whatever reward your dog responds to the most. I find that small pieces of sliced ​​sausage or grated cheese make good treats for Jack Russells. 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 a very small amount of food that your dog values ​​highly.

2. Find a quiet place without any distractions to begin with. Prepare several pieces of the treat. Take a small piece of the treat (or a toy if that’s what you use) and hold it in front of your JRT to get his attention. Hold it in front of his nose – at this point he may start licking your fingers. That’s fine, but don’t give him the treat just yet.

3. Slowly pull the treat up and back. You should aim to move it in an imaginary line from the tip of your dog’s nose to the middle of the forehead. (If your JRT happens to have a white stripe down the middle of his head, draw the food along that line.) Now, as you do this, the dog will naturally start to move backwards, his back legs will bend as his head tilts up and he will sit down. As this point, mark the action immediately by saying “Good dog” or something similar of your choice and immediately give the treat.

4. Do not give the treat if the dog’s front paws lift off the ground. Sometimes a Jack Russell gets so excited that the treat’s paw tries to climb up your arm. In this case, keep the treat lower to the ground. Give the treat only when the dog’s front paws are on the ground and its bottom is touching the floor. Use your other hand to gently push him down if necessary, but never use force, especially with a puppy. Just gently guide him to the correct position, praise and reward.

5. Once the dog is used to the action and can sit regularly when offered a treat, start giving the verbal command “Sit”. The command should be given immediately before the association action, 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 consistently, stop rewarding every sit and only reward randomly. Add an extra large treat every now and then to make your dog work harder.

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

8. If the dog isn’t interested in the treat, try training when he’s hungrier or experiment with new treats and toys until you find something that gets his attention.

Follow these tips and you should find training your Jack Russell much easier from now on.

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