Are you aspiring to teach your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to sit? The skill of sitting up is quite easily taught to small dogs, but much bigger dogs are a different story. It’s difficult for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to Sit: Anticipation
Sitting up is one of the most basic tricks that you should teach to your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and is the ground work for a large number of other techniques. In order to train a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to sit up, prep some treats as a perk, and set your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen on her rump in a corner, so that she won’t be able to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.
Teach Your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Sound of The Words
Keep her from tilting to the front by maintaining your hand under her chin and using your second hand hold the treat above your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen’s face. Keep repeating clearly and intelligibly, “sit.” Do not force her to sit up too long at one time, but do repeat the training routinely and reward her regularly with loads of praise and treats.
Teach Your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced
In her beginner lesson she will need quite a bit of help from your hand to prevent her from falling forward, but as she gains control of her balancing muscles and figures out what you want her to do, she will depend less and less on your hand to hold her steady. Then you can gradually give your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen less assistance till you’ll just have to leave one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be in place to prevent her from falling forward; eventually you can remove this hand entirely and simply hold the treat just above the level of her face.
Teach Your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen To Sit: Remove the Help Gradually Over Time
After regular practice she will sit up for a long time after you get her to sit. Afterward she should be set up against a wall, so as to provide her support for her back. Once she has picked up this and can maintain her position easily, rehearse with her against chair legs, cushions or other things that give her less and less aid. At some point she will grasp how to preserve her equilibrium and sit in the absence of something to rest against.
Teach Your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to Sit: Putting It All Together
In the course of all this training the command "sit up" will have been impressed upon her psyche by means of regular repetition. Last comes the final lesson to teach your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to sit up as quickly as she hears the command. There's a good chance, if she has been carefully taught, you will only have to call her out into the room, show to her a snack, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit up" and she will obey. Then give her the treat while still in position.
The only requirement for flawlessness is to practice with your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen multiple times daily until she sits up when told and without being shown a treat; give her the treats only once she has obeyed the command.
Teach Your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Other Tricks
You have now the fundamentals for teaching your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen many other tricks. She can now learn to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in sync with yours. She also can be taught to salute by moving one paw up 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.
In training a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to accept being clothed, don't try to get her to wear too many things at the same time. Try at first with a hat. Soon after she gets familiar with that you could put on a jacket and progressively introduce her to the other garments.
Take joy in "teaching your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun along the way!
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