Are you attempting to teach your German Shorthaired Pointer to sit? The skill of sitting up is quite easily taught to small dogs, but bigger pet dogs are a different story. It’s problematic for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your German Shorthaired Pointer to Sit: Prep
Sitting is one of the most basic skills that should be taught to a German Shorthaired Pointer and lays the ground work for myriad other skills. To train a German Shorthaired Pointer to sit up, organize some snacks as a perk, and set the German Shorthaired Pointer on her rump in a corner, to ensure that she won’t be able to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your German Shorthaired Pointer to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Phrase
Keep her from falling forward by maintaining 1 hand underneath her chin and using your other hand dangle her treat above your German Shorthaired Pointer’s face. Keep repeating deliberately and clearly, “sit.” Don’t make her sit too long at one time, however repeat the training routinely and reward her regularly with plenty of appreciation and treats.
Teach Your German Shorthaired Pointer to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance
During her first lesson your German Shorthaired Pointer will call for a surprising amount of help and support from you to keep her from pitching forward, but as she gains more control of the stabilizing muscles and makes sense of what you want, she’ll rely less and less on your hand to keep her steady. Gradually, you can give her less support til you’ll basically have to leave one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be prepared to prevent her from falling forward; in the future you will be able to remove the hand altogether and merely hold the reward right over the level of your German Shorthaired Pointer’s head.
Teach Your German Shorthaired Pointer To Sit: Remove the Aids Over Time
After steady training your German Shorthaired Pointer will stay seated well after you get her to sit. The next step is she should be set against a wall, so as to give her help for her back only. When she has understood this and can maintain her place effortlessly, rehearse with her using chair legs, cushions or other items that provide her less and less help and support. In time she will understand how to keep her stability and sit without relying on anything to rest on.
Teach Your German Shorthaired Pointer to Sit: Putting It All Together
In the course of all this training the command "sit up" will have been instilled upon her subconscious with the assistance of regular repetition. Lastly is the final lesson to teach your German Shorthaired Pointer to sit up right after she hears the words. Most likely, if she has been diligently instructed, you will just have to call her out in 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 you give her the snack while still in place.
The only necessity for flawlessness is to rehearse with your German Shorthaired Pointer several times a day until she can sit up on command and without being shown a reward; give her the rewards only once she has complied with the command.
Teach Your German Shorthaired Pointer Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your German Shorthaired Pointer many other skills. She can now be taught to beg by waving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she will move in rhythm with yours. She can also be taught to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to keep something in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothing.
While teaching a German Shorthaired Pointer to submit to being clothed, do not try to make her wear too many garments at one time. Try her at first with a cap. Only after she gets used to that you could put on a coat and over time introduce her to more clothing.
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