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Dear Daisy Dog

I recently adopted Abby, a rescue greyhound. We’re enrolled in obedience training, and this week, the dogs learn to sit. However, the instructor told me to skip the lesson, saying greyhounds can’t sit. Is this true?

Daisy Responds

No. Despite the common misconception, greyhounds are capable of sitting.

Some are less graceful than I, achieving only a squat with the tail tucked underneath. But all can lower their rear ends.

Many greyhounds are discouraged from sitting during their racing careers, so you’ll have to teach Abby.

Hold a tiny treat over her nose, slowly move the treat backward, and ask her to sit. As her nose follows the treat, her fanny will settle on the floor.

Reward her with the treat and an enthusiastic “good sit!”

Your instructor will be impressed – and enlightened – by Abby’s accomplishment.

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