1. Hold a dog treat in your hand using your thumb and 3rd finger.
2. Give your dog the "Sit" command using a firm voice.
3. Hold the dog treat slightly over his head. Since he is interested in the dog treat, the only way he will be able to follow the treat (you are dangling over his head) is to sit.
4. When your dog sits, immediately, use your conditioned response word. I use the upbeat word, "Yes".
5. Give your dog the treat.The key to this skill is the position in which you hold the dog treat slightly over his head.
Practice this new skill for 15 minutes. Then continue to practice for only 10 minutes each day. You will be amazed at how easy it was to teach the "Sit" command.Now, after one week of practicing for 10 minutes each day you are now ready to teach your dog the non-verbal cue for the "Sit" command. It is a good idea to train your dog to also understand hand signal commands too. As your dog ages it is good to know that you will still be able to communicate with him as his hearing becomes difficult.
Good luck and Happy Tails to You!
Very happy dog owner
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