Are you aiming to teach your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound to sit? The skill of sitting up is quite easily taught to pocket-sized dogs, yet larger pet dogs are another story. It is problematic for them to sustain their balance.
Teach Your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound to Sit: Planning
Sitting up is one of the fundamental tricks that you should teach to a Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound and provides the groundwork for numerous other skills. To train a Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound to sit up, organize some snacks as a perk, and put the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound on her backside in the corner, to make sure that she can’t fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Phrase
Protect her from tilting forward by holding one hand under her chin and using your other hand hold the reward above your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound’s nose. Keep repeating intelligibly and clearly, “sit up.” Do not force her to sit too long at any one time, but repeat the training often and reward her frequently with lots of adoration and snacks.
Teach Your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound to Sit: Help Her Balance
During her initial lesson your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound will demand quite a bit of help and support from you to prevent her from tumbling forward, but as she gets more control of the stabilizing muscles and sees what you want, she will count less and less on your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give her less help til you will simply have to maintain one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be set to prevent her falling forward; later you can most likely take away the hand altogether and simply hold the reward just above the height of her head.
Teach Your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound To Sit: Remove the Help Incrementally
With regular practice your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound will stay seated for a good while after you command her. The next step is she should be set against the wall, so as to give her a support for her back only. Immediately after she has mastered this and can keep her place easily, rehearse with her against chair legs, cushions or other objects that provide her less and less help and support. In the end she will be trained to keep her balance and sit without having something to rest on.
Teach Your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound to Sit: Putting It All Together
During the course of all this training the phrase "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her subconscious through regular repetition. Last here's the final lesson to teach your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound to sit up immediately after she hears the command. Chances are, if she has been diligently instructed, you will simply have to summon her out into the room, show a snack, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit up or sit" and she will obey. Then give her the reward while still in position.
The only necessity for flawlessness is to rehearse with your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound several times a day until she will sit up on command and without being shown a treat; give her the rewards only after she has obeyed the order.
Teach Your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound Other Tricks
You have now the foundation for teaching your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound many other skills. She now can learn to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she'll move in sync with yours. She can also learn to salute by moving 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 clothes.
When teaching a Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound to submit to being clothed, do not try to make her wear too many clothes at one time. Try her at first with just a hat. Once she becomes used to that you can put on a coat and slowly introduce her to more clothing.
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