Teaching Your American Foxhound To Sit

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Teach Your American Foxhound to Sit

Are you aspiring to teach your American Foxhound to sit? The skill of sitting up is effortlessly taught to very small dogs, yet much bigger canines are a different story. It is difficult for them to maintain their equilibrium.

Teach Your American Foxhound to Sit: Groundwork

Sitting is one of the fundamental tricks that you should teach to a American Foxhound and forms the ground work for numerous other techniques. To train a American Foxhound to sit up, prepare some treats as a reward, and set your American Foxhound on her rump in the corner, to ensure that she won’t fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.

Teach Your American Foxhound to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Words

Protect her from falling forward by securing one hand underneath her chin and using the other hand dangle her snack above the American Foxhound’s face. Keep repeating deliberately and distinctly, “sit.” Don’t force her to sit up for too long at any one time, but repeat the training frequently and reward her frequently with a lot of adoration and treats.

Teach Your American Foxhound to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance

During the beginner lesson your American Foxhound will require significant assistance from you to prevent her from falling forward, but as she gains control of her balancing muscles and knows what you want her to do, she will depend less and less upon your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give her less help until you’ll only have to leave one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be in place to stop her from falling forward; in the future you can probably withdraw this hand completely and just simply hold the reward right above the height of your American Foxhound’s face.

Teach Your American Foxhound To Sit: Remove the Assistance Slowly

After regular training she will sit up for a long time after you command her. The next step is she should be set up against a wall, so as to give her assistance for her back. Immediately after she has figured out this and can keep her place easily, practice with her using chair legs, cushions or other objects that offer her less and less assistance. Gradually she will learn how to maintain her stability and sit up without needing anything to rest against.

Teach Your American Foxhound to Sit: Putting It All Together

During all this training the command "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her psyche with the assistance of persistent repetition. Now is the final training to teach your American Foxhound to sit up as soon as she hears the command. There's a good chance, if she has been carefully trained, you will simply have to call her out in the room, display a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she'll obey. Then give her the snack while still in position.

The only prerequisite for flawlessness is to practice with her multiple times a day until she sits when commanded to and without being shown a snack; give her the treats only after she has complied with the direction.

Teach Your American Foxhound Other Tricks

You have now the technique for teaching your American Foxhound 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'll move in sync with yours. She can also be taught to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to hold a toy in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothes.

When training a American Foxhound to tolerate being dressed up, don't try to get her to wear too many clothes at one time. Try her at first with just a cap. After she becomes used to that you can put on a coat and slowly introduce her to the other garments.

Take pleasure in "teaching your American Foxhound the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun in the process!

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