Are you working to teach your Artois Hound to sit? The skill of sitting up is effortlessly taught to smaller dogs, yet much larger pet dogs are a different story. It’s tough for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Artois Hound to Sit: Anticipation
Sitting is one of the very first techniques that you should teach to a Artois Hound and lays the groundwork for lots of other techniques. To train a Artois Hound to sit up, put together some treats as a reward, and put the Artois Hound on her rump in a corner, to ensure that she won’t fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.
Teach Your Artois Hound to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Phrase
Stop her from pitching forward by securing one hand on her chin and with your second hand hold the reward above the Artois Hound’s face. Keep repeating distinctly and deliberately, “sit up.” Do not force her to sit up for too long at any one time, but do repeat the instruction routinely and reward her regularly with loads of appreciation and snacks.
Teach Your Artois Hound to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
During her very first lesson your Artois Hound will need a lot of assistance from you to stop her from falling forward, but as she gains more control of the muscles and realises what you want, she will rely less and less on your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give her less help and support up until you’ll just have to maintain one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be in place to prevent her falling forward; in the future you can most likely take away your hand altogether and merely hold the snack right above the level of her head.
Teach Your Artois Hound To Sit: Remove the Aids Gradually
With consistent practice she will sit up long after you command her. Then she should be set against your wall, so as to offer her support for her back. Only after she has grasped this and can keep her posture effortlessly, rehearse with her using chair legs, pillows or other items that offer her less and less support. At some point she will master how to keep her equilibrium and sit up in the absence of something to lean against.
Teach Your Artois Hound to Sit: Putting It All Together
During the course of all this training the command "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her psyche with the assistance of frequent repetition. Lastly is the final lesson to teach your Artois Hound to sit up right after she hears the command. It's highly likely, if she has been properly taught, you will simply have to call her out into the room, reveal a snack, hold it up a reasonable distance from the floor, say "sit up" and she will obey. Then you'll just give her the treat while still in position.
The only necessity for excellence is to practice with her multiple times daily until she sits up when told and without being shown a snack; give her the treats only after she has obeyed the command.
Teach Your Artois Hound Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your Artois Hound many other skills. She now can be taught how to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she'll move in sync with yours. She can also be taught to salute by bringing one paw up to the side of her head, or to hold a toy in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothing.
In teaching a Artois Hound to tolerate being dressed up, don't try to make her wear too many items at one time. Try at first with just a hat. Only after she becomes used to that you can put on a coat and eventually introduce her to the other clothing.
Get a kick out of "teaching your Artois Hound the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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