Puppy Training

October 27
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How can I teach my 3 month old puppy to sit?

4 Answers:

EnertaAllko avatar

This is the best time to get started socializing your puppy, prevent behaviour issues before they start, and teach basic commands.
Keep training sessions short and fun. End each session on a positive note. If you feel your dog is having a difficult time learning or being “stubborn,” evaluate the speed of your training and the value of your rewards. Do you need to slow down and make the steps easier, or does your dog need a bigger paycheck for a harder exercise?

The “Basic 5” cues will give your puppy a strong foundation for any future training. And just think, if you and your puppy continue to work hard—and have fun—at training, someday you may become Obedience champs!

If you’re struggling with any of these tricks, you can always call the AKC GoodDog! Helpline, which offers live-telephone service and video consultations to help you work through pain points.

melodyroll11 avatar

Any keen dog lover will know that there are many techniques and tips out there when it comes to training puppies. It is always advisable to read widely and talk to other owners, specific owners of the same breed. If it is possible, speak with professional dog trainers. That said, there is a set of principles that apply to all breeds and all ages. You will not go far wrong if you keep these in mind when training your puppy.

  • Give the verbal command only once
  • Give clear commands
  • One step and activity at a time
  • Keep the training session short
  • Do not shout at or scold your puppy
  • Remember your puppy is a blank canvas

I hope you find the above tips useful.

Lifeisgood avatar

Teaching your 3-month-old puppy to sit is a great way to start building good habits from an early age. It is important to remember that puppies learn best through positive reinforcement, so it's important to reward your puppy for good behavior and not punish them for bad behavior.

You can start by teaching your puppy the command “sit” and then rewarding them with treats when they do it correctly. You should also use hand signals and verbal cues when you are teaching them the command so that they can associate the two together. With patience and consistency, you will be able to teach your 3-month-old puppy how to sit in no time!

Start by standing in front of your puppy with a small treat in your hand.

Hold the treat in front of your puppy's nose, and then slowly move it up and over their head, towards the base of its tail.

As you do this, your puppy should naturally sit down to follow the treat with their eyes.

As soon as your puppy sits, say "sit" in a clear, firm voice, and then give them the treat as a reward.

Repeat this process several times a day, gradually increasing the time that your puppy stays seated before you give them the treat.

As your puppy becomes more comfortable with the "sit" command, you can begin to fade the use of the treat, gradually giving it to your puppy less frequently until they are able to sit on command without the need for a treat.

It's important to remember to be patient with your puppy and to always reward them with treats and praise when they follow the command correctly. With time and consistent training, your puppy will learn to sit on command.


Teaching a puppy to sit is an important basic command that will help establish good behavior and manners. Here are some steps you can follow to teach your 3-month-old puppy to sit:

  1. Start by holding a treat close to your puppy's nose, so they can smell it.
  2. Slowly move the treat upwards, and as you do, your puppy's head will follow it. This will naturally cause your puppy's bottom to lower down towards the ground.
  3. As your puppy's bottom touches the ground, say "sit" in a clear and firm tone, and immediately give them the treat as a reward.
  4. Repeat the process several times until your puppy begins to associate the word "sit" with the action of sitting down.
  5. Once your puppy starts to sit on command, gradually begin to withhold the treat until they sit consistently on command.
  6. Remember to be patient, consistent, and positive throughout the training process. Praise and reward your puppy each time they successfully follow the "sit" command.

It's important to note that puppies have a short attention span, so keep the training sessions short (about 5-10 minutes) and positive. Additionally, make sure to use positive reinforcement methods and avoid punishment, as this can cause confusion and may even discourage your puppy from learning. With patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement, your puppy will learn to sit in no time.

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