Are you trying to teach your Staffordshire Bull Terrier to sit? The technique of sitting up is quickly taught to smaller dogs, but larger pet dogs are another story. It’s tough for them to sustain their balance.
Teach Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier to Sit: Preparing
Sitting is one of the very first techniques that should be taught to your Staffordshire Bull Terrier and lays the groundwork for several other skills. To train a Staffordshire Bull Terrier to sit up, prepare some treats as a perk, and put the Staffordshire Bull Terrier on her backside in a corner, so that she won’t be able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Command
Stop her from pitching to the front by holding your hand beneath her chin and using the other hand dangle the treat above your Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s nose. Keep repeating distinctly and deliberately, “sit.” Do not make her sit too long at one time, however repeat the instruction regularly and reward her regularly with a lot of praise and treats.
Teach Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance
Throughout the very first lesson she will call for quite a bit of help and support from you to keep her from pitching forward, but as she gains control of the stabilizing muscles and makes sense of what you want her to do, she will depend less and less upon your hand to hold her in position. Then you can gradually give your Staffordshire Bull Terrier less assistance until you will just have to maintain one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be set to prevent her falling forward; later on you can most likely take away this hand entirely and simply hold the snack right above the height of your Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s face.
Teach Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier To Sit: Remove the Help Gradually Over Time
After regular practice your Staffordshire Bull Terrier will sit up for a good while after you tell her to. The next step is she should be set against your wall, so as to provide her help for her back. Only after she has gotten the hang of this and can keep her position easily, rehearse with her against chair legs, cushions or other objects that provide her less and less help. Ultimately she will master how to maintain her equilibrium and sit up without needing something to rest on.
Teach Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the command "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her psyche by persistent repetition. Lastly comes the final lesson to teach your Staffordshire Bull Terrier to sit up whenever she hears the words. There's a good chance, if she has been carefully instructed, you will simply have to summon her out in the room, show her a treat, hold it up a reasonable distance from the floor, say "sit up" and she'll obey. Then give her the reward while still in position.
The only necessity for flawlessness is to train with your Staffordshire Bull Terrier multiple times daily until she will sit up when told and without being shown a reward; give her the rewards only once she has followed the direction.
Teach Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier Other Tricks
You have now the fundamentals for teaching your Staffordshire Bull Terrier many other tricks. She can now learn to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she will move in sync 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 cap on her head or wear other articles of clothing.
In instructing a Staffordshire Bull Terrier to tolerate being dressed up, don't try to get her to wear too many items at once. Try her at first with a cap. Only after she becomes adjusted to that you could put on a coat and over time introduce her to the other garments.
Delight in "teaching your Staffordshire Bull Terrier the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun at the same time!
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