Are you trying to teach your Tenterfield Terrier to sit? The talent of sitting up is effortlessly taught to very small dogs, yet larger doggies are another story. It’s tricky for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Tenterfield Terrier to Sit: Anticipation
Sitting is one of the fundamental techniques that you should teach to your Tenterfield Terrier and is the foundation for myriad other skills. To train a Tenterfield Terrier to sit up, prep some treats as a perk, and put your Tenterfield Terrier on her haunches in a corner, so that she won’t be able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your Tenterfield Terrier to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Phrase
Protect her from falling to the front by sticking your hand on her chin and with the other hand hold the snack above her face. Keep saying intelligibly and distinctly, “sit.” Don’t force her to sit up for too long at any one time, however repeat the lesson regularly and reward her often with lots of recognition and treats.
Teach Your Tenterfield Terrier to Sit: Help Her Balance
Throughout the 1st lesson she will demand quite a bit of assistance from your hand to prevent her from pitching forward, but as she gains control of the stabilizing muscles and makes sense of what you want her to do, she will count less on your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give your Tenterfield Terrier less help til you will merely have to keep one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be ready to prevent her falling forward; eventually you can take away your hand and merely suspend the snack right over the height of her face.
Teach Your Tenterfield Terrier To Sit: Remove the Assistance Slowly
After constant practice she will sit up long after you make her. Then she should be set up against the wall, so as to provide her support for her back. Immediately after she has picked up this and can keep her posture easily, practice with her using chair legs, cushions or other things that provide her less and less support. Ultimately she will understand how to preserve her balance and sit without having something to rest on.
Teach Your Tenterfield Terrier to Sit: Putting It All Together
Throughout all these lessons the words "sit up" will have been impressed upon her psyche through persistent repetition. Now here's the final lesson to teach your Tenterfield Terrier to sit up immediately after she hears the words. There's a good chance, if she has been properly trained, you will simply have to call her out in the room, show her a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit up or sit" and she'll obey. Then give her the reward while still in position.
The only condition for perfection is to train with her several times a day until she will sit when commanded to and without being shown a treat; give her the snacks only after she has followed the command.
Teach Your Tenterfield Terrier Other Tricks
You have now the groundwork for teaching your Tenterfield Terrier many other skills. She now can learn how to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she'll move in rhythm with yours. She can also learn to salute by bringing one paw up to the side of her head, or to keep something in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothing.
In teaching a Tenterfield Terrier to submit to being clothed, don't try to get her to wear too many clothes at the same time. Try her at first with a cap. Soon after she gets adjusted to that you could put on a coat and eventually introduce her to more garments.
Get a kick out of "teaching your Tenterfield Terrier the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun along the way!
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