Billi (2 years 5 months) & Merlin (4 months or 19 weeks) Sit/Stay

The sit and stay command is the basis for many other training techniques, mainly as this teaches your dog self control.

For that reason this is a good thing to start training early, you need your puppy to learn self control as soon as possible and it is easy to train this in your daily routine.

At feeding time ask your dog to wait before they can go to the food bowl and start eating. Initially you hold them back whilst putting the food bowl down telling them to wait, but only for a second. After a few days extend the time they have to wait for. Then introduce asking your puppy to sit, same applies, they only need to sit for a second initially, then extend this time.

Gauge how long your dog will wait and try to avoid needing to correct them, so only ask them to wait as long as they can manage, so they learn without being corrected every time. If they do break from the sit/wait, stop them and put them back in a sit/wait position even if just for a short time. Never let them go straight to the food from breaking from the sit/wait command.

In time as they learn self control you can extend the time.
Have patience and allow them to learn in their time, make this a positive experience, when you release them say ‘release’ or a command word for release you wouldn’t use in conversation, this avoids your dog thinking you have released them when you say ‘OK’ to someone when you have them in a sit/stay, for example.

When you do release them, give praise! ‘GOOD GIRL/BOY/DOG!’

Once your puppy understands the command you can then ask them to sit and stay waiting for treats.

Later this can be incorporated in other training asking your puppy/dog to sit and wait whilst you throw a toy.
But mainly this will prove invaluable in many situations when you need your dog under control allowing you to close the boot of the car for example.