Sit is a Reward
Best if dog can Tug
This helps Teach that Sitting (or downing) is fun and rewarding.
When dog is engaged, take the tug away saying (not give, just something like Mine! THEN wait to see what dog does..... If she or he sits - RELEASE (use release word) and take off running. The minute the dog’s rear hits the ground, say “yes” (or click) and release and run. If she or he disengages and looks away at the beginning of the game, you may need to work on just keeping her or his focus for the tug game first — tug — take away— tug — take away until she or he gets that part, so that the taking the toy away isn’t a game ending exercise — it’s a game “beginning one”!! Your toy “take away”should result in the next behavior of sit with intense focus!