Located in Rudy, Arkansas
Serving Fort Smith, Van Buren, and surrounding areas

Sit 101: Capturing Sit

Introducing Sit


  • Clicker
  • Treats
  • Treat pouch
  • Mat

TRAINING ENVIRONMENT: Start in the least distracting (most boring) place in your home.



PLEASE DO  NOT USE THE CUE (SIT) YET.  We want to be sure your dog is doing the behavior immediately and consistently before we add the cue.

  • Place your mat a few feet from where you are working.
  • Stand in one place with your treats where your dog cannot see them and your clicker ready. Keep your hands in a neutral position and your treat should remain in your treat pouch.
  • Do NOT ask your dog for anything. Wait for your dog to offer the behavior on his own.
  • If you’ve been working on “Watch” your dog is looking up at you. He will become tired and sit down.
  • When your dog’s bottom hits the floor, click, and toss a treat onto his mat.
  • Repeat steps 1 through 4, increasing the amount of time between your dog sitting and the click.
  • You will notice that your dog begins to offer the behavior each time he finishes his treat.
  • Practice in each room in your home. If he’s really nailing it, try the front porch or back yard.


  • PUPPIES: Do five repetitions and take a break. Do this two or three times each day.
  • DOGS: Do at least ten repetitions, three times each day.
  • A repetition is one sit. This is true for every sit exercise going forward.

Your dog should be offering to sit during training sessions out without you asking for anything.
Your dog will not stay very long, but he should sit down for a few seconds. We will extend this time as we train.



My dog won’t sit. He just stands there.

  • Try a less distracting environment.
  • Take him for a walk or play an active game to get out any pent-up energy, then try again.
  • Consider what you are using to reward him. When first acquiring a behavior, your dog will only work for you if you pay him with something he likes.
  • If you had significant trouble in class, your trainer showed you how to lure the sit. Don’t do this unless you absolutely have to.

I ask my dog to sit and he won’t do it.

  • You’ve probably named the behavior before your dog understood what you were looking for.
  • Stop asking for the behavior and click and treat when he does it on his own.