Are you trying to teach your Miniature Schnauzer to sit? The technique of sitting up is quickly taught to smaller dogs, yet larger canines are a different story. It’s hard for them to keep their balance.
Teach Your Miniature Schnauzer to Sit: Groundwork
Sitting up is one of the first techniques that you should teach to a Miniature Schnauzer and lays the groundwork for quite a few other tricks. To train a Miniature Schnauzer to sit up, prep some snacks as a perk, and place your Miniature Schnauzer on her haunches in the corner, to make sure that she is unable to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your Miniature Schnauzer to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Command
Prevent her from falling to the front by maintaining 1 hand underneath her chin and using the other hand dangle her treat above your Miniature Schnauzer’s face. Keep repeating deliberately and clearly, “sit up.” Do not force her to sit too long at any one time, but do repeat the lesson routinely and reward her frequently with loads of appreciation and snacks.
Teach Your Miniature Schnauzer to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance
Throughout her beginner lesson your Miniature Schnauzer will need considerable help from your hand to prevent her from falling forward, but as she gains better control of her stabilizing muscles and is aware of what you want her to do, she will count less on your hand to keep her in position. Then you can gradually give your Miniature Schnauzer less help till you’ll only have to keep one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be set to prevent her falling forward; later on you can withdraw the hand altogether and just suspend the snack right over the level of your Miniature Schnauzer’s face.
Teach Your Miniature Schnauzer To Sit: Remove the Help Progressively
After steady practice she will sit up well after you set her up. Next she should be set up against the wall, so as to offer her help for her back. When she has gotten the hang of this and can keep her place effortlessly, practice with her against chair legs, pillows or other objects that provide her less and less aid. Subsequently she will understand how to keep her equilibrium and sit without anything to rest on.
Teach Your Miniature Schnauzer to Sit: Putting It All Together
During the course of all this training the command "sit up" will have been impressed upon her psyche by frequent repetition. Last is the final lesson to teach your Miniature Schnauzer to sit up immediately after she hears the words. It's highly likely, if she has been carefully trained, you will simply have to summon her out into the room, show her a reward, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she'll do so. Then you'll just give her the treat while still in position.
The only requirement for excellence is to train with her several times a day until she sits up when commanded to and without being shown a reward; give her the rewards only once she has adhered to the command.
Teach Your Miniature Schnauzer Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your Miniature Schnauzer many other tricks. She now can learn how 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 up to the side of her head, or to keep an object in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other clothing.
In instructing a Miniature Schnauzer to accept being dressed up, don't try to get her to wear too many clothes at once. Try at first with a hat. Only after she gets used to that you could put on a jacket and progressively introduce her to more clothing.
Delight in "teaching your Miniature Schnauzer the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun in the process!
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