Are you attempting to teach your American Hairless Terrier to sit? The skill of sitting up is quite easily taught to little dogs, but much larger dogs are a different story. It’s tricky for them to keep their balance.
Teach Your American Hairless Terrier to Sit: Prep
Sitting up is one of the very first tricks that you should teach to a American Hairless Terrier and is the foundation for myriad other skills. To train a American Hairless Terrier to sit up, organize some treats as a perk, and set your American Hairless Terrier on her butt in a corner, to ensure that she can’t fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to lose balance.
Teach Your American Hairless Terrier to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Phrase
Stop her from pitching towards you by sticking your hand on her chin and with the other hand dangle her treat above the American Hairless Terrier’s face. Keep repeating deliberately and distinctly, “sit.” Don’t force her to sit up too long at one time, but do repeat the instruction routinely and reward her frequently with loads of adoration and treats.
Teach Your American Hairless Terrier to Sit: Help Her Balance
During the initial lesson she will require a surprising amount of support from you to prevent her from pitching forward, but as she gains more control of her stabilizing muscles and is aware of what you want her to do, she will depend less on your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give her less assistance until you’ll only have to keep one hand in position two or three inches from her chin or neck, to be prepared to prevent her from falling forward; in the future you can withdraw the hand completely and simply hold the treat just over the level of your American Hairless Terrier’s face.
Teach Your American Hairless Terrier To Sit: Remove the Help Over Time
After consistent training she will sit up long after you get her to sit. Afterward she should be set against the wall, so as to offer her assistance for her back only. Only after she has mastered this and can hold her place effortlessly, practice with her up against chair legs, cushions or other items that provide her less and less support. Gradually she will learn to sustain her equilibrium and sit up without something to rest against.
Teach Your American Hairless Terrier to Sit: Putting It All Together
In the course of all this training the command "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her subconscious with the assistance of regular repetition. Lastly here's the final lesson to teach your American Hairless Terrier to sit up right after she hears the command. There's a great chance, if she has been properly taught, you will just have to get her out into the room, show to her a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit" and she will do so. Then just give her the reward while still in position.
The only prerequisite for flawlessness is to train with her multiple times daily until she sits up on command and without being shown a reward; give her the rewards only once she has adhered to the order.
Teach Your American Hairless Terrier Other Tricks
You have now the basis for teaching your American Hairless Terrier many other tricks. She can now be taught to beg by waving 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 bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to keep a toy in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other clothing.
While training a American Hairless Terrier to tolerate being clothed, don't try to make her wear too many garments at the same time. Try her at first with a hat. Once she gets accustomed to that you can put on a coat and gradually over time introduce her to the other clothes.
Enjoy "teaching your American Hairless Terrier the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun in the process!
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