Training Sit on Command to Your Dog

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Starting out training or retraining older dog that doesn’t know any commands

Sitting is one of the first basic training commands to train a dog to do. Having them learn this will help with jumping, being overly eager to get something, and can help with when they want to run away. So let’s do some training sit commands!

The main idea is for the dog to understand what you want when you tell them to “Sit”. Yelling at them saying “Sit” without having them understand what you want them to do, will just sound like you are punishing them for something.

Before Training Sit

Before you even start training, you’ll want to tire out your dog by going for a walk or playing. The dog will focus better afterwards than being hyper and distracted by everything. Also, make sure they haven’t eaten yet. You want them hungry for the treats you will be giving!

First, you’ll need treats to entice your dog to do what you want. I like to give pea sized treats so they aren’t filling up too quickly and decide to leave when they are full.

Now let’s start training sit!

You’ll want your dog standing up on the floor. You can’t teach them “sit” if they are already sitting! If they are sitting, entice them with a treat by slowly letting them sniff it and pull it towards you. They should want to walk towards you.

Up On All Fours

After they are on all fours, now you’ll hold the treat up to where they have to kinda stretch their neck to sniff the treat. If you have shorter dog, you can start training on your knees. (Once the dog understands what “sit” means, you can stand up and do the command.)

Nose To The Air

Here comes the tricky part!! You’ll want their nose to stay attached to your hand with the treat over their nose while you move your hand towards them. You’ll go over their head with their nose up to make them want to sit by themselves. Some dogs will just start to back up. Have them come back to you and try again by slowing down your hand with the treat towards them. Make them really want the treat!

Butt Touches Ground

As soon as their butt touches the ground, say “Sit” once with a happy tone and lots of praise. And of coarse the treat!! You’ll want to do this repeatedly a couple times so the dog knows what you want them to do. Making sure to any say “sit” once. If you start saying more than that, the dog will get confused if they’re suppose to sit after you say it once or a couple times. The more you say “sit” the less it means to them and your just starting to sound like a snake!!

Training sessions should last around 15 minutes at first. Puppies usually have a small attention span before they start getting cranky! Older dogs may have the same problem and just start to ignore you. Make sure you are making the training fun and keeping the dog happy. If you yourself are getting agitated, be sure to end the session on a happy note!! You don’t want your dog to associate you being agitated to training! They won’t want to learn anything because they’ll be fearful!

Clicker Training

If you are doing clicker training, you can do all the same steps with clicking when their butt touches the ground and saying “Sit”. Slowly take treats away and just use the clicker with saying “Sit”.

Now your dog knows how to sit!! Training is a lifetime commitment. You’ll have to remind them again and again during their life what “Sit” means.


Training Sit With Frankie & Chloe

“I sit if you give me something to eat!”

Training Frankie was pretty easy. Always wanted food especially if it was in your hand! He caught right on what to do. He would even bark if you didn’t give him something right away to eat!

“I have my pajamas on. Can we go to bed?”

With Chloe, we noticed her butt doesn’t touch the ground! It was a little harder since she would jump from a sitting position. I think she’s part kangaroo!! Now she knows to drop her bottom if she wants something from us. She’ll come and sit right in front of us with puppy dog eyes. This usually means she wants her treat ball!!

New Puppy: Bringing Them Home

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You brought your new pup home and now what?

How to introduce your puppy to your home

Adding a new family member to your home is an exciting experience for the whole family. But before you bring your new puppy home, there are some things you should think about and plan out. It’s better to be prepared and have everything ready so you can enjoy and train your new dog.

Items to have beforehand

Having items like food, treats, food and water bowls, some toys, a crate, a collar, a leash, and some blankets or plush dog bed can make it easier for you so you aren’t rushing around to find these items and not enjoying your dog after you have brought them home.

Make a Sleeping/Relaxing Area

Have a plan where the dog is going to relax and sleep when you aren’t able to watch them or when you leave the house. This should be a quiet peaceful place where there won’t be distractions like children running around.

Where’s the Potty Area going to be?

These are great for apartments.

What kind of outdoor area do you have for the dog to go potty? Will the dog be able to go potty outside or do you need to get a doggy turf potty (these are mainly used if you live in an apartment on multiple floors and only have a balcony). Remember, you’re going to have to potty train, so you’ll be going inside and outside a lot at first.

“Puppy Proofing”

Lastly, you should “puppy proof” your home. Cover electrical wires or have them where your dog can’t get to them. Make sure hazardous house cleaners are put in cupboards with child locks (dogs can use their nose to open doors!). Make sure children learn to keep their toys picked up. I would recommend having doors to rooms you don’t want the dog to go into kept closed.


When you have the essentials, you are ready to bring your new pup home!

Keep them leashed when entering the house

When you bring your dog home, have them on a leash as you enter your home. Walk them around with you and let them sniff around to get used to everything. (If you let them off leash, they could go potty somewhere or start tearing up something that they shouldn’t!!) While your pup is learning about your house, you should keep them in one room with you at a time. This will make watching them easier for you and you won’t be running around the house trying to find them, or what they have gotten into!! You can keep them tethered to an area or have gates closing off an area where you can see them. (Most dogs won’t go potty in the area they are resting.)

If you need to walk around the house, you can attach them to you with a leash around your waist. (This will also help with the “Follow Me” command because they will associate being around you as normal.) This will help also when they have gotten accustomed to the house rules and will follow you around the house themselves.

Potty Training

Potty training is the most important thing to start. If you have a puppy, this will be every couple hours since puppies have little bladders and can’t hold themselves very long. This will begin as soon as they get up, after eating, after drinking, after playing, after a nap, before you leave them crated, and before they go to bed at night. It’s important to have a routine so the pup can begin to understand when it’s the correct time to go potty. Accidents will happen, but to remember that they are still learning. Do not punish a dog for going potty inside. This can lead to them being scared to potty in front of you and they can start to hide their pees and poos in places where you won’t find it. This can be a stinky situation!!

Proper Dog Toys

Don’t punish if they are chewing on something they shouldn’t. You can give them one of their toys to exchange. Give them praise when they start playing with their toy.

Teaching your dog what their toys are from other household items that aren’t for chewing and tearing up is also important. You wouldn’t want to find that your dog has been chewing on your favorite expensive shoes! Kids should keep their toys picked up so the dog doesn’t get confused and start playing and chewing on your kid’s teddy bear, barbie, or legos. This can lead to ingestion of an item and cause blockage in the dog’s stomach. (Meaning an emergency trip to the vet!!)


Dog’s First Vet Visit

This should happen preferable the first week or so after you bring your pup home. Be sure to check around and ask family and friends about their recommendations. It is very important to establish a veterinary clinic. Your dog is going to be going here for check-ups, vaccines, and when they feel under the weather. Their first visit is usually a wellness exam to make sure they are in top health. (Some breeders and rescues will pay for your first visit!) The veterinarian will go over what vaccines and any health questions you have. They may also recommend foods, places to take your pup like daycares and dog parks when they have been fully vaccinated. They can also recommend training classes.


Enjoy Your New Puppy!

Your dog may take weeks to get comfortable with their new routine. It’s a lot to learn and remember for them. You wouldn’t expect a baby to know this much in a few weeks!!

Thank you for adding me to your family!!

Microchip: No, not the edible kind of chips!

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Microchip Your Dog. It’s a Life Saver

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a little chip with a number on it that is implanted underneath the dog’s skin with a needle. The needle is inserted under the skin and there is a plunger that pushes the chip in. The needle comes out and leaves the chip under the skin. (There may be slight bleeding since this is a big needle.)

The microchip stays in the dog for its’ lifetime.

Sometimes the chip may relocate to another area on the body. That’s why it is important to scan a dog all over to make sure they aren’t microchipped.

After Implantation of Microchip

After getting the microchipped, you then register the number associated with the microchip number online or the company’s phone number.

Many veterinarians and rescues do this for you so when your dog gets lost, you now have a way to distinguish your dog. Veterinarians and rescues keep the microchip number sticker in their system so when the dog is scanned, the number will come back to your profile.

So hopefully if a person finds a dog, they will take it to a veterinary clinic and see if it has a microchip.

Scanner checking for microchip

Company Membership

There are some companies that keep your information for free with unlimited updates and some companies that you pay a yearly membership to keep your records on file.

Here are the top 5 microchip companies. I like PetWatch and HomeAgain personally.

Keep Your Information Up-To-Date

“Hello, where did you go?”

Always keep your information up-to-date when moving, giving someone else custody, and if you change your phone number. Too many times I have seen a lost dog come in the veterinary clinic that the owners did not update their information.

Chloe Getting Hers

“As long as you hold me, I don’t care what happens.”

My dog Chloe came from a rescue so they did the implant of the microchip before we got custody. (Most rescues will go ahead and microchip so if the dog gets lost or sold to someone else, they have records that you were the person that got them.) I was there when they did it and she didn’t even flinch. (She is a pretty tough girl!)

When Frankie Got His

“That was a huge needle!!”

Then I talked my parents into getting Frankie (my pug that my parents got custody of) microchipped. He screamed his little head off when they inserted the needle and of coarse he bled. (He was pretty wimpy!!)