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How To Teach Your Dog To Sit

Teach Your dog to Sit

Are you struggling to teach your dog to sit? The skill of sitting up is quickly taught to little dogs, however bigger doggies are another story. It’s difficult for them to maintain their balance.

Teach Your dog to Sit: Preparing

Sitting is one of the very first tricks that you should teach to your dog and is the groundwork for innumerable other skills. In order to train a dog to sit up, prep some treats as a perk, and set your dog on her rump in the corner, to make sure that she will not fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.

Teach Your dog to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Command

Stop her from pitching to the front by securing one hand beneath her chin and using the other hand dangle the reward above her face. Keep saying intelligibly and clearly, “sit up.” Do not make her sit up too long at one time, but do repeat the training often and reward her regularly with plenty of appreciation and treats.

Teach Your dog to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced

In the initial lesson your dog will require a surprising amount of help and support from you to keep her from pitching forward, but as she gets control of the muscles and sees what you want, she’ll rely less upon your hand to hold her in position. Then you can gradually give her less help until you’ll only have to keep one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be ready to prevent her from falling forward; eventually you may remove this hand completely and merely hold the reward right above the height of your dog’s face.

Teach Your dog To Sit: Remove the Assistance Incrementally

After constant training she will stay seated long after you make her. The next step is she should be set up against the wall, so as to give her a support for her back. Soon after she has figured out this and can hold her position effortlessly, practice with her against chair legs, cushions or other objects that provide her less and less aid. Subsequently she will figure out how to keep her equilibrium and sit up without having something to lean on.

Teach Your dog to Sit: Putting It All Together

Throughout all these lessons the command "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her subconscious with the assistance of constant repetition. Now comes the final lesson to teach your dog to sit up whenever she hears the words. There's a good chance, if she has been properly taught, you will merely have to summon her out in the room, display a reward, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she'll obey. Then you'll just give her the treat while still in position.

The only requirement for excellence is to train with her several times daily until she sits on command and without being shown a treat; give her the snacks only after she has obeyed the direction.

Teach Your dog Other Tricks

You have now the technique for teaching your dog many other skills. She now can learn to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in coordination with yours. She also can be taught to salute by moving one paw up to the side of her head, or to hold something in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothing.

In training a dog to tolerate being dressed up, do not try to make her wear too many things at the same time. Try her at first with a hat. After she gets familiar with that you could put on a coat and eventually introduce her to more clothing.

Take joy in "teaching your dog the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun at the same time!

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