Are you trying to teach your Bichon Frise to sit? The skill of sitting up is quite easily taught to pocket-sized dogs, however much bigger doggies are a different story. It is problematic for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Bichon Frise to Sit: Prep work
Sitting up is one of the very first techniques that should be taught to a Bichon Frise and is the ground work for plenty of other tricks. In order to train a Bichon Frise to sit up, prep some snacks as a perk, and place the Bichon Frise on her butt in the corner, to ensure that she can’t fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.
Teach Your Bichon Frise to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Sound of The Words
Keep her from tilting forward by holding 1 hand underneath her chin and with the second hand dangle the reward above the Bichon Frise’s nose. Keep saying distinctly and deliberately, “sit up.” Do not force her to sit too long at one time, but do repeat the lesson routinely and reward her often with loads of praise and snacks.
Teach Your Bichon Frise to Sit: Help Her Balance
Throughout the beginner lesson she will require quite a bit of support from you to keep her from tumbling forward, but as she gains control of the muscles and makes sense of what you want her to do, she’ll count less and less upon your hand to hold her in position. Gradually, you can give her less support til you’ll only have to leave one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be set to prevent her from falling forward; later on you might remove your hand altogether and simply dangle the treat right above the height of her face.
Teach Your Bichon Frise To Sit: Remove the Aids Over Time
With consistent training your Bichon Frise will stay seated for a good while after you get her to sit. The next step is she should be set against your wall, so as to offer her assistance for her back only. Immediately after she has mastered this and can keep her position effortlessly, rehearse with her up against chair legs, cushions or other items that provide her less and less help and support. Ultimately she will be able to keep her equilibrium and sit up in the absence of something to rest on.
Teach Your Bichon Frise to Sit: Putting It All Together
Throughout all this training the words "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her mind by regular repetition. Lastly comes the final training to teach your Bichon Frise to sit up as quickly as she hears the phrase. There's a good chance, if she has been diligently instructed, you will merely have to summon her out in the room, display to her a treat, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she'll do so. Then you'll give her the reward while still in place.
The only condition for excellence is to rehearse with your Bichon Frise multiple times daily until she can sit on command and without being shown a reward; give her the snacks only once she has followed the order.
Teach Your Bichon Frise Other Tricks
You have now the groundwork for teaching your Bichon Frise many other tricks. She now can learn to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in conjunction with yours. She can also learn to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to hold a wooden pipe in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other articles of clothing.
In instructing a Bichon Frise to submit to being dressed up, don't try to make her wear too many clothes at one time. Try at first with a cap. Once she gets adjusted to that you could put on a jacket and gradually over time introduce her to more clothes.
Delight in "teaching your Bichon Frise the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun in the process!
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