Teaching Your Rough Collie To Sit

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Teach Your Rough Collie to Sit

Are you attempting to teach your Rough Collie to sit? The technique of sitting up is regularly taught to very small dogs, yet larger canines are a different story. It is difficult for them to keep their balance.

Teach Your Rough Collie to Sit: Preparing

Sitting is one of the 1st techniques that should be taught to a Rough Collie and lays the foundation for lots of other techniques. In order to train a Rough Collie to sit up, prepare some treats as a reward, and put your Rough Collie on her backside in the corner, so that she can’t fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.

Teach Your Rough Collie to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Command

Protect her from falling towards you by securing your hand on her chin and using your second hand dangle the reward above the Rough Collie’s nose. Keep saying deliberately and clearly, “sit up.” Don’t make her sit for too long at any one time, however repeat the lesson regularly and reward her regularly with plenty of appreciation and snacks.

Teach Your Rough Collie to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance

Throughout the beginner lesson your Rough Collie will need significant help and support from your hand to stop her from pitching forward, but as she gains more control of the stabilizing muscles and sees what you want, she will count less on your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give her less help and support until you will only have to keep one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be available to prevent her from falling forward; later on you can remove your hand altogether and just simply dangle the snack just above the level of her face.

Teach Your Rough Collie To Sit: Remove the Aids Gradually

With regular training your Rough Collie will stay seated for a long time after you set her up. Afterward she should be set up against a wall, so as to give her a support for her back only. After she has mastered this and can maintain her position effortlessly, rehearse with her up against chair legs, pillows or other things that offer her less and less support. At some point she will learn to maintain her stability and sit without needing something to lean against.




Teach Your Rough Collie to Sit: Putting It All Together

Throughout all this training the words "sit up" will have been instilled upon her subconscious through regular repetition. Lastly comes the final training to teach your Rough Collie to sit up right after she hears the words. There's a good chance, if she has been properly trained, you will simply have to summon her out into the room, reveal a reward, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit up or sit" and she'll obey. Then you give her the treat while still in place.

The only requirement for flawlessness is to rehearse with your Rough Collie several times daily until she sits on command and without being shown a snack; give her the treats only after she has adhered to the command.

Teach Your Rough Collie Other Tricks

You have now the foundation for teaching your Rough Collie many other tricks. She now can be taught how to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in conjunction with yours. She can also be taught to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to hold an object in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other articles of clothing.

While instructing a Rough Collie to accept being dressed up, don't try to get her to wear too many clothes at one time. Try her at first with a hat. Soon after she becomes familiar with that you can put on a jacket and incrementally introduce her to more garments.

Appreciate "teaching your Rough Collie the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!

Don't forget to check out these other articles about Rough Collies

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