Are you aiming to teach your Bouvier Des Ardennes to sit? The technique of sitting up is effortlessly taught to compact dogs, though larger dogs are a different story. It’s problematic for them to keep their equilibrium.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Ardennes to Sit: Groundwork
Sitting is one of the initial techniques that you should teach to your Bouvier Des Ardennes and lays the foundation for lots of other skills. In order to train a Bouvier Des Ardennes to sit up, prep some snacks as a perk, and place the Bouvier Des Ardennes on her rump in a corner, to ensure that she won’t be able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Ardennes to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Words
Stop her from pitching to the front by securing one hand beneath her chin and with the other hand hold her snack above her face. Keep saying distinctly and deliberately, “sit.” Don’t make her sit up for too long at any one time, but repeat the training regularly and reward her frequently with a lot of praise and snacks.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Ardennes to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
In the beginner lesson she will demand significant help and support from you to prevent her from tumbling forward, but as she gains control of her muscles and comprehends what you want, she will rely less upon your hand to hold her steady. Then you can gradually give your Bouvier Des Ardennes less help and support till you will simply have to maintain one hand in position two or three inches from her chin or neck, to be set to prevent her falling forward; in the future you can withdraw this hand completely and just simply hold the treat just over the height of her head.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Ardennes To Sit: Remove the Help Slowly
After consistent practice your Bouvier Des Ardennes will sit up long after you get her to sit. Then she should be set up against a wall, so as to provide her a support for her back. After she has learned this and can hold her position effortlessly, rehearse with her using chair legs, pillows or other things that give her less and less assistance. At some point she will learn how to preserve her balance and sit up without relying on something to lean against.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Ardennes to Sit: Putting It All Together
During the course of all this training the words "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her subconscious through regular repetition. Now comes the final lesson to teach your Bouvier Des Ardennes to sit up as soon as she hears the command. There's a great chance, if she has been carefully instructed, you will simply have to get her out in the room, show her a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit" and she will do so. Then you give her the reward while still in place.
The only prerequisite for perfection is to train with her several times a day until she can sit up when told and without being shown a reward; give her the treats only after she has followed the command.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Ardennes Other Tricks
You have now the fundamentals for teaching your Bouvier Des Ardennes many other tricks. She can now be taught 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 be taught to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to hold a toy in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothing.
When teaching a Bouvier Des Ardennes to accept being dressed up, do not try to make her wear too many items at one time. Try at first with just a hat. Soon after she gets used to that you can put on a coat and little by little introduce her to the other garments.
Appreciate "teaching your Bouvier Des Ardennes the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun along the way!
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