Are you trying to teach your Otterhound to sit? The technique of sitting up is effortlessly taught to little dogs, though bigger pet dogs are another story. It’s challenging for them to sustain their balance.
Teach Your Otterhound to Sit: Foundation
Sitting up is one of the 1st tricks that you should teach to a Otterhound and forms the foundation for countless other skills. In order to train a Otterhound to sit up, put together some snacks as a perk, and put your Otterhound on her rump in the corner, to ensure she is not able to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.
Teach Your Otterhound to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Words
Keep her from falling to the front by maintaining your hand beneath her chin and using the second hand dangle the reward above your Otterhound’s nose. Keep repeating clearly and intelligibly, “sit.” Do not make her sit up too long at any one time, but do repeat the training often and reward her frequently with plenty of recognition and treats.
Teach Your Otterhound to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
Throughout the first lesson your Otterhound will require quite a bit of assistance from your hand to prevent her from tumbling forward, but as she gains control of the balancing muscles and grasps what you want, she’ll count less and less upon your hand to hold her steady. Then you can gradually give her less help and support up until you will merely have to maintain one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be set to stop her falling forward; later you may take away the hand completely and just simply hold the reward right above the level of her face.
Teach Your Otterhound To Sit: Remove the Assistance Slowly And Gradually
After steady training your Otterhound will sit up for a long time after you set her up. The next step is she should be set up against the wall, so as to provide her assistance for her back. Immediately after she has figured out this and can hold her place easily, rehearse with her up against chair legs, cushions or other things that provide her less and less aid. Subsequently she will master how to sustain her equilibrium and sit without having anything to lean against.
Teach Your Otterhound to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the phrase "sit up" will have been instilled upon her subconscious by persistent repetition. Last is the final training to teach your Otterhound to sit up right after she hears the phrase. There's a great chance, if she has been diligently instructed, you will simply have to call her out into the room, show to her a reward, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit" and she will do so. Then you'll give her the snack while still in position.
The only condition for excellence is to practice with your Otterhound multiple times daily until she sits when told and without being shown a snack; give her the rewards only after she has obeyed the command.
Teach Your Otterhound Other Tricks
You have now the technique for teaching your Otterhound many other skills. She can now learn how to beg by waving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she will move in rhythm with yours. She can also learn to salute by moving one paw to the side of her head, or to hold an object in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other articles of clothing.
When training a Otterhound to tolerate being dressed up, do not try to make her wear too many things simultaneously. Try at first with just a cap. Soon after she gets adjusted to that you can put on a jacket and over time introduce her to more clothes.
Take pleasure in "teaching your Otterhound the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun in the process!
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