Are you struggling to teach your Puli to sit? The technique of sitting up is quickly taught to pocket-sized dogs, however larger doggies are another story. It is problematic for them to sustain their balance.
Teach Your Puli to Sit: Planning
Sitting is one of the fundamental skills that should be taught to a Puli and is the foundation for myriad other techniques. In order to train a Puli to sit up, prep some treats as a perk, and place the Puli on her butt in the corner, so that she won’t fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your Puli to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Sound of The Words
Keep her from tilting forward by sticking your hand beneath her chin and using your other hand dangle the snack above her face. Keep repeating distinctly and intelligibly, “sit up.” Do not make her sit up too long at one time, however repeat the training regularly and reward her regularly with plenty of kudos and treats.
Teach Your Puli to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
During her 1st lesson she will require significant support from your hand to prevent her from falling forward, but as she gets more control of her balancing muscles and makes sense of what you want her to do, she’ll depend less and less on your hand to keep her steady. Gradually, you can give your Puli less help till you’ll just have to leave one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be in position to prevent her falling forward; eventually you may remove your hand entirely and just dangle the treat right above the level of her head.
Teach Your Puli To Sit: Remove the Help Slowly And Gradually
With consistent practice she will sit up well after you set her up. The next step is she should be set up against a wall, so as to provide her a support for her back only. Once she has taken in this and can hold her posture easily, practice with her using chair legs, cushions or other objects that give her less and less support. Gradually she will learn to maintain her stability and sit up without having something to rest against.
Teach Your Puli to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the command "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her subconscious through constant repetition. Now here's the final training to teach your Puli to sit up as quickly as she hears the words. There's a good chance, if she has been diligently taught, you will merely have to call her out into the room, show her a snack, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she will obey. Then just give her the snack while still in place.
The only requirement for excellence is to practice with her multiple times a day until she will sit when commanded to and without being shown a reward; give her the snacks only after she has followed the command.
Teach Your Puli Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your Puli many other skills. She can now learn 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 up 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.
When training a Puli to accept being clothed, do not try to make her wear too many clothes at once. Try her at first with a cap. Only after she gets adjusted to that you could put on a jacket and progressively introduce her to more garments.
Take joy in "teaching your Puli the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun along the way!
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