Are you struggling to teach your Entlebucher Mountain Dog to sit? The technique of sitting up is quickly taught to very small dogs, however larger doggies are another story. It is hard for them to sustain their balance.
Teach Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog to Sit: Anticipation
Sitting up is one of the most basic skills that you should teach to a Entlebucher Mountain Dog and is the ground work for myriad other techniques. In order to train a Entlebucher Mountain Dog to sit up, organize some snacks as a perk, and set your Entlebucher Mountain Dog on her rump in the corner, so that she will not fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Sound of The Words
Prevent her from falling to the front by keeping your hand on her chin and using your second hand dangle the treat above her nose. Keep saying intelligibly and clearly, “sit.” Don’t force her to sit too long at any one time, however repeat the instruction routinely and reward her frequently with lots of kudos and treats.
Teach Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog to Sit: Help Her Balance
Throughout her 1st lesson she will demand a surprising amount of help and support from you to prevent her from tumbling forward, but as she gets control of the stabilizing muscles and starts to understand what you want, she will rely less upon your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give your Entlebucher Mountain Dog less support up until you’ll just have to keep one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be waiting to prevent her from falling forward; in the future you might withdraw your hand altogether and just suspend the reward just over the level of her face.
Teach Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog To Sit: Remove the Aids Incrementally
After steady practice your Entlebucher Mountain Dog will stay seated for a good while after you set her up. Then she should be set against a wall, so as to provide her a support for her back only. Immediately after she has picked up this and can maintain her position effortlessly, rehearse with her up against chair legs, cushions or other objects that offer her less and less aid. At some point she will learn to keep her equilibrium and sit up without having something to lean against.
Teach Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog to Sit: Putting It All Together
Throughout all these lessons the command "sit up" will have been impressed upon her mind by means of regular repetition. Now is the final lesson to teach your Entlebucher Mountain Dog to sit up immediately after she hears the words. Chances are, if she has been diligently taught, you will only have to get her out into the room, show to her a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit up or sit" and she will obey. Then give her the snack while still in position.
The only requirement for excellence is to rehearse with your Entlebucher Mountain Dog multiple times daily until she can sit up when commanded to and without being shown a snack; give her the snacks only once she has obeyed the direction.
Teach Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog Other Tricks
You have now the basis for teaching your Entlebucher Mountain Dog many other skills. She now can be taught how to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she'll move in rhythm with yours. She can also learn to salute by moving one paw 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 clothes.
While training a Entlebucher Mountain Dog to submit to being clothed, do not try to get her to wear too many clothes at the same time. Try at first with a hat. After she becomes accustomed to that you can put on a coat and steadily introduce her to more clothing.
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