Are you aiming to teach your Bouvier Des Flandres to sit? The technique of sitting up is quite easily taught to pocket-sized dogs, however larger pet dogs are a different story. It’s tough for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Flandres to Sit: Preparation
Sitting up is one of the 1st skills that you should teach to a Bouvier Des Flandres and lays the foundation for countless other tricks. To train a Bouvier Des Flandres to sit up, prep some treats as a reward, and put the Bouvier Des Flandres on her haunches in a corner, to ensure she is unable to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Flandres to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Command
Prevent her from falling to the front by keeping one hand underneath her chin and with your second hand dangle the snack above your Bouvier Des Flandres’s face. Keep repeating intelligibly and distinctly, “sit.” Don’t force her to sit too long at any one time, however repeat the instruction regularly and reward her often with a lot of appreciation and snacks.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Flandres to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance
In the initial lesson your Bouvier Des Flandres will need a lot of assistance from your hand to prevent her from pitching forward, but as she gets better control of her muscles and makes sense of what you want, she’ll depend less upon your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give her less help and support up until you will merely have to maintain one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be ready to stop her falling forward; in the future you will be able to remove this hand and just simply hold the treat right over the level of your Bouvier Des Flandres’s face.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Flandres To Sit: Remove the Help Incrementally
After constant practice she will stay seated for a long time after you make her. Afterward she should be set up against the wall, so as to offer her assistance for her back. Once she has figured out this and can hold her place easily, practice with her against chair legs, pillows or other things that offer her less and less aid. Ultimately she will learn how to sustain her stability and sit up without relying on anything to rest on.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Flandres to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all this training the words "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her psyche by means of constant repetition. Last is the final lesson to teach your Bouvier Des Flandres to sit up immediately after she hears the phrase. There's a good chance, if she has been carefully instructed, you will only have to summon her out into the room, display a reward, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she will obey. Then you give her the reward while still in position.
The only criteria for excellence is to practice with your Bouvier Des Flandres multiple times a day until she can sit up on command and without being shown a snack; give her the snacks only after she has obeyed the command.
Teach Your Bouvier Des Flandres Other Tricks
You have now the fundamentals for teaching your Bouvier Des Flandres many other skills. She now can be taught how to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in sync with yours. She also can learn to salute by bringing one paw up 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 articles of clothing.
When teaching a Bouvier Des Flandres to tolerate being dressed up, do not try to get her to wear too many things at one time. Try her at first with a hat. Only after she gets accustomed to that you could put on a coat and slowly and gradually introduce her to more garments.
Enjoy "teaching your Bouvier Des Flandres the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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