How To Teach Your Tibetan Mastiff To Sit

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Tibetan Mastiff | 0 comments

Teach Your Tibetan Mastiff to Sit

Are you attempting to teach your Tibetan Mastiff to sit? The skill of sitting up is effortlessly taught to very small dogs, however bigger doggies are a different story. It is problematic for them to keep their balance.

Teach Your Tibetan Mastiff to Sit: Readiness

Sitting is one of the first skills that should be taught to a Tibetan Mastiff and is the ground work for lots of other techniques. To train a Tibetan Mastiff to sit up, organize some treats as a reward, and set your Tibetan Mastiff on her haunches in the corner, so she won’t fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.

Teach Your Tibetan Mastiff to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Words

Protect her from falling forward by keeping your hand under her chin and with your other hand hold her snack above your Tibetan Mastiff’s nose. Keep saying distinctly and deliberately, “sit up.” Don’t force her to sit for too long at any one time, however repeat the instruction regularly and reward her often with plenty of appreciation and snacks.

Teach Your Tibetan Mastiff to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance

Throughout her very first lesson your Tibetan Mastiff will require a surprising amount of assistance from you to stop her from falling forward, but as she gets more control of her stabilizing muscles and comprehends what you want her to do, she’ll depend less upon your hand to hold her in position. Then you can gradually give your Tibetan Mastiff less support till you’ll basically have to maintain one hand in position two or three inches from her chin or neck, to be available to prevent her from falling forward; later on you can easily withdraw the hand and just suspend the treat just over the level of your Tibetan Mastiff’s head.

Teach Your Tibetan Mastiff To Sit: Remove the Assistance Slowly And Gradually

With steady training she will sit up for a long time after you command her. The next step is she should be set against the wall, so as to give her a support for her back only. Only after she has mastered this and can hold her place effortlessly, rehearse with her against chair legs, pillows or other items that offer her less and less help. Ultimately she will figure out how to maintain her balance and sit up in the absence of anything to lean against.




Teach Your Tibetan Mastiff to Sit: Putting It All Together

During all this training the command "sit up" will have been instilled upon her mind by frequent repetition. Now comes the final training to teach your Tibetan Mastiff to sit up right after she hears the command. It's highly likely, if she has been carefully trained, you will only have to call her out in the room, show a treat, hold it up a reasonable distance from the floor, say "sit up or sit" and she'll do so. Then you give her the snack while still in place.

The only necessity for excellence is to train with your Tibetan Mastiff several times a day until she can sit on command and without being shown a snack; give her the snacks only after she has obeyed the command.

Teach Your Tibetan Mastiff Other Tricks

You have now the fundamentals for teaching your Tibetan Mastiff 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 coordination with yours. She also can learn 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 articles of clothing.

In instructing a Tibetan Mastiff to tolerate being clothed, don't try to get her to wear too many clothes at one time. Try at first with just a hat. After she gets adjusted to that you can put on a coat and gradually over time introduce her to more clothing.

Get a kick out of "teaching your Tibetan Mastiff the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun at the same time!

Don't forget to check out these other articles about Tibetan Mastiffs

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