Are you aiming to teach your Westphalian Dachsbracke to sit? The technique of sitting up is regularly taught to very small dogs, though bigger pooches are a different story. It’s hard for them to sustain their balance.
Teach Your Westphalian Dachsbracke to Sit: Preparation
Sitting is one of the first techniques that you should teach to a Westphalian Dachsbracke and lays the ground work for various other skills. To train a Westphalian Dachsbracke to sit up, organize some treats as a perk, and set the Westphalian Dachsbracke on her haunches in the corner, so she won’t be able to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your Westphalian Dachsbracke to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Command
Keep her from falling forward by securing 1 hand underneath her chin and with the second hand dangle her treat above her nose. Keep saying clearly and deliberately, “sit.” Don’t force her to sit too long at any one time, however repeat the lesson regularly and reward her often with a lot of approval and treats.
Teach Your Westphalian Dachsbracke to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
In her 1st lesson she will call for significant help from your hand to stop her from pitching forward, but as she gets more control of the muscles and knows what you want, she will count less and less on your hand to hold her steady. Then you can gradually give your Westphalian Dachsbracke less help till you will just have to keep one hand in position two or three inches from her chin or neck, to be in place to stop her from falling forward; later on you can easily take away the hand altogether and merely suspend the snack just above the height of your Westphalian Dachsbracke’s face.
Teach Your Westphalian Dachsbracke To Sit: Remove the Assistance Gradually
With constant training your Westphalian Dachsbracke will sit up long after you set her up. Next she should be set against a wall, so as to provide her a support for her back only. When she has picked up this and can hold her position effortlessly, practice with her using chair legs, pillows or other things that offer her less and less help and support. Subsequently she will learn to sustain her equilibrium and sit up without having anything to rest on.
Teach Your Westphalian Dachsbracke to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the words "sit up" will have been instilled upon her mind with the assistance of regular repetition. Now comes the final training to teach your Westphalian Dachsbracke to sit up right after she hears the phrase. Chances are, if she has been diligently instructed, you will simply have to get her out in the room, reveal a snack, 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 criteria for flawlessness is to rehearse with her several times a day until she will sit on command and without being shown a snack; give her the treats only once she has obeyed the direction.
Teach Your Westphalian Dachsbracke Other Tricks
You have now the groundwork for teaching your Westphalian Dachsbracke many other tricks. She can now learn to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in sync with yours. She can also learn to salute by moving one paw up 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 clothing.
In training a Westphalian Dachsbracke to tolerate being dressed up, don't try to get her to wear too many clothes simultaneously. Try at first with just a hat. Only after she gets used to that you can put on a coat and slowly and gradually introduce her to more clothing.
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