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How To Teach Your Labrador Retriever To Sit

Teach Your Labrador Retriever to Sit

Are you trying to teach your Labrador Retriever to sit? The skill of sitting up is regularly taught to little dogs, yet bigger doggies are another story. It is tricky for them to sustain their balance.

Teach Your Labrador Retriever to Sit: Groundwork

Sitting is one of the very first skills that you should teach to your Labrador Retriever and is the groundwork for a lot of other tricks. In order to train a Labrador Retriever to sit up, prep some treats as a perk, and set the Labrador Retriever on her butt in a corner, so that she won’t fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.

Teach Your Labrador Retriever to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Sound of The Words

Prevent her from falling forward by maintaining your hand beneath her chin and using the other hand hold the snack above your Labrador Retriever’s nose. Keep saying deliberately and clearly, “sit up.” Do not make her sit for too long at any one time, but repeat the instruction routinely and reward her often with lots of praise and treats.

Teach Your Labrador Retriever to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance

In her 1st lesson your Labrador Retriever will require a lot of help from you to stop her from falling forward, but as she gets more control of her muscles and realises what you want, she’ll depend less upon your hand to hold her steady. Then you can gradually give your Labrador Retriever less assistance until you’ll basically have to leave one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be prepared to prevent her falling forward; later on you may remove the hand altogether and simply suspend the treat right over the height of her head.

Teach Your Labrador Retriever To Sit: Remove the Assistance Slowly And Gradually

With consistent practice your Labrador Retriever will stay seated well after you command her. Afterward she should be set against the wall, so as to give her support for her back only. When she has understood this and can keep her posture effortlessly, rehearse with her against chair legs, pillows or other things that provide her less and less help. Sooner or later she will understand how to preserve her balance and sit in the absence of something to rest on.

Teach Your Labrador Retriever to Sit: Putting It All Together

In the course of all this training the command "sit up" will have been instilled upon her mind through persistent repetition. Last is the final training to teach your Labrador Retriever to sit up whenever she hears the phrase. There's a good chance, if she has been diligently instructed, you will merely have to call her out in the room, reveal to her a snack, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit up" and she'll do so. Then you'll give her the treat while still in place.

The only condition for flawlessness is to practice with her multiple times a day until she can sit up when told and without being shown a treat; give her the treats only once she has obeyed the direction.

Teach Your Labrador Retriever Other Tricks

You have now the fundamentals for teaching your Labrador Retriever many other skills. She now can be taught to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in conjunction with yours. She also can be taught to salute by moving one paw to the side of her head, or to keep something in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other clothing.

In instructing a Labrador Retriever to submit to being clothed, don't try to get her to wear too many items at one time. Try her at first with just a hat. After she gets familiar with that you could put on a jacket and over time introduce her to more clothing.

Delight in "teaching your Labrador Retriever the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun along the way!

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