Are you struggling to teach your Norwegian Buhund to sit? The talent of sitting up is easily taught to petite dogs, though larger dogs are another story. It’s tricky for them to keep their balance.
Teach Your Norwegian Buhund to Sit: Groundwork
Sitting up is one of the most basic tricks that you should teach to your Norwegian Buhund and forms the groundwork for lots of other skills. In order to train a Norwegian Buhund to sit up, organize some treats as a perk, and put your Norwegian Buhund on her backside in a corner, to ensure that she won’t be able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your Norwegian Buhund to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Sound of The Words
Stop her from pitching towards you by maintaining one hand on her chin and using your second hand dangle her snack above your Norwegian Buhund’s face. Keep repeating intelligibly and distinctly, “sit.” Do not make her sit for too long at one time, but repeat the instruction often and reward her frequently with plenty of appreciation and treats.
Teach Your Norwegian Buhund to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance
In the first lesson your Norwegian Buhund will require quite a bit of help and support from you to keep her from falling forward, but as she gains better control of her balancing muscles and finds out what you want her to do, she’ll rely less and less upon your hand to keep her in position. Then you can gradually give your Norwegian Buhund less help til you’ll simply have to keep one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be in place to prevent her falling forward; later on you will be able to remove the hand altogether and simply dangle the snack just above the height of her face.
Teach Your Norwegian Buhund To Sit: Remove the Help Slowly And Gradually
With constant practice she will stay seated for a good while after you make her. The next step is she should be set up against a wall, so as to offer her assistance for her back. When she has learned this and can hold her place easily, practice with her up against chair legs, pillows or other things that give her less and less help. In time she will be able to maintain her equilibrium and sit up without anything to lean on.
Teach Your Norwegian Buhund to Sit: Putting It All Together
Throughout all this training the words "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her psyche through regular repetition. Now comes the final lesson to teach your Norwegian Buhund to sit up whenever she hears the words. Chances are, if she has been carefully taught, you will merely have to call her out into the room, show her a snack, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit up or sit" and she will do so. Then you'll just give her the reward while still in place.
The only necessity for flawlessness is to rehearse with your Norwegian Buhund multiple times a day until she will sit when commanded to and without being shown a treat; give her the snacks only after she has adhered to the command.
Teach Your Norwegian Buhund Other Tricks
You have now the foundation for teaching your Norwegian Buhund many other tricks. She now can be taught to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she'll move in sync with yours. She can also learn to salute by moving one paw up to the side of her head, or to hold a wooden pipe in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other articles of clothing.
While teaching a Norwegian Buhund to submit to being clothed, do not try to get her to wear too many clothes simultaneously. Try at first with just a hat. Soon after she gets adjusted to that you can put on a jacket and slowly introduce her to the other garments.
Delight in "teaching your Norwegian Buhund the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun at the same time!
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