Originally Posted by Tess
You know puppy has mastered "sit" when he offers a sit to you voluntarily. Reward that! Puppies love to find out that they can do things which get their owners to reward them! This can be a pivotal moment for a puppy in his learning.
It makes him more willing to try stuff to see how you react!
I was reading the thread when I came to this. It made me think of my dog.. if you have something she wants, she'll not only sit, but start going through all
of her tricks including "sit," "down," "paw," and "spin". She looks like a little crazy maniac
When she does that though, she doesn't get a treat until she does something on command. I can't reward her for offering up every single behavior she knows whilst stalking our dinner. She only gets her own treats for something I've asked her to do and in a setting that is appropriate.. NILF in our house (Nothing In Life is Free). Sam has to work for all treats, food, etc.
So while I agree with rewarding the "sit" if she does it voluntarily, always consider carefully the context. If the dog is sitting pretty because she wants something you have that she's not allowed
to have, that isn't necessarily a time to reward a behavior.. this can quickly lead to begging and barking down the road.
Instead, re-direct with a treat (let the dog smell the treat, but don't give -- this takes her attention off whatever you've got that she can't have) which the dog CAN have, and then ask for a behavior like sit. Then reward
But if the dog comes up to you and sits nicely in front of you with no begging involved, definitely reward that! I keep treats everywhere in the house for rewarding excellent puppy manners, haha.