Are you working to teach your Keeshond to sit? The skill of sitting up is easily taught to smaller dogs, but bigger canines are a different story. It is problematic for them to maintain their balance.
Teach Your Keeshond to Sit: Foundation
Sitting is one of the 1st skills that should be taught to a Keeshond and forms the groundwork for countless other skills. To train a Keeshond to sit up, put together some snacks as a perk, and set your Keeshond on her butt in a corner, to ensure that she is not able to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your Keeshond to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Sound of The Words
Stop her from tilting forward by holding your hand under her chin and with the second hand dangle her snack above the Keeshond’s nose. Keep saying clearly and deliberately, “sit up.” Do not force her to sit up too long at one time, but do repeat the instruction routinely and reward her frequently with loads of cheers and treats.
Teach Your Keeshond to Sit: Help Her Balance
During the very first lesson she will call for a lot of support from your hand to stop her from pitching forward, but as she gets more control of the stabilizing muscles and recognizes what you want her to do, she’ll rely less and less on your hand to keep her steady. Gradually, you can give her less help and support up until you will only have to leave one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be set to stop her from falling forward; later on you can easily take away this hand completely and just simply hold the treat right above the level of your Keeshond’s face.
Teach Your Keeshond To Sit: Remove the Assistance Gradually Over Time
After steady training she will stay seated well after you tell her to. Next she should be set against your wall, so as to offer her a support for her back. When she has soaked up this and can keep her position effortlessly, rehearse with her up against chair legs, cushions or other things that provide her less and less help. Sooner or later she will master how to preserve her equilibrium and sit in the absence of anything to lean against.
Teach Your Keeshond to Sit: Putting It All Together
In the course of all these lessons the words "sit up" will have been impressed upon her subconscious through regular repetition. Last comes the final lesson to teach your Keeshond to sit up immediately after she hears the words. It's highly likely, if she has been carefully taught, you will simply have to call her out in the room, display a reward, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit up or sit" and she'll obey. Then just give her the snack while still in place.
The only condition for flawlessness is to train with her several times daily until she can sit up on command and without being shown a treat; give her the snacks only once she has followed the order.
Teach Your Keeshond Other Tricks
You have now the groundwork for teaching your Keeshond many other tricks. She can now be taught how to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she'll move in sync with yours. She also can be taught to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to hold something in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other clothing.
In instructing a Keeshond to tolerate being clothed, don't try to get her to wear too many clothes simultaneously. Try at first with just a cap. Only after she gets accustomed to that you can put on a coat and little by little introduce her to the other clothes.
Enjoy "teaching your Keeshond the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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