Training a Bernedoodle to sit is a relatively simple and essential command that can be taught using positive reinforcement techniques. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to train your Bernedoodle to sit:
Prepare treats: Gather small, soft treats that your Bernedoodle enjoys. These treats will be used as rewards during the training process.
Choose a quiet location: Find a quiet and distraction-free area in your home or yard where you can train your Bernedoodle.
Get your dog's attention: Stand in front of your Bernedoodle and hold a treat close to their nose to capture their attention.
Lure into a sitting position: Slowly move the treat upwards and towards the back of their head, causing their nose to follow the treat. As their head tilts back, their hindquarters will naturally lower into a sitting position. As they sit, say the command "Sit" in a clear and firm tone.
Reward and praise: As soon as your Bernedoodle is in a sitting position, immediately give them the treat and offer verbal praise such as "Good sit!" or "Yes!" to reinforce the behavior. Make sure to provide the treat promptly, as timing is crucial for them to associate the reward with the action.
Repeat and practice: Repeat the process several times, using the lure to guide your Bernedoodle into the sitting position and rewarding them each time they comply. Practice short sessions multiple times a day, gradually reducing the dependency on the treat lure while still rewarding their correct behavior.
Add the command: Once your Bernedoodle consistently sits when lured, start adding the verbal command "Sit" just before you use the treat lure. This helps them associate the command with the action. Over time, your Bernedoodle will start to understand the command and respond without needing the treat lure.
Generalize the command: Practice the "Sit" command in different locations and gradually increase the distractions. This will help your Bernedoodle understand that the command applies in various situations.
Reinforce and vary rewards: As your Bernedoodle becomes proficient in sitting on command, continue to reinforce the behavior with praise, but start gradually reducing the frequency of treats. Instead, offer occasional treats and substitute with verbal praise, petting, or a favorite toy.
Remember to keep training sessions short, positive, and fun for your Bernedoodle. Consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement will help you successfully train your Bernedoodle to sit on command.