Are you trying to teach your South Russian Ovcharka to sit? The skill of sitting up is regularly taught to very small dogs, though much larger pooches are another story. It is tricky for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your South Russian Ovcharka to Sit: Prep
Sitting up is one of the 1st techniques that should be taught to a South Russian Ovcharka and lays the groundwork for several other tricks. To train a South Russian Ovcharka to sit up, put together some treats as a reward, and set your South Russian Ovcharka on her butt in the corner, to ensure that she is unable to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your South Russian Ovcharka to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Phrase
Stop her from pitching forward by holding one hand underneath her chin and with your other hand dangle the snack above her nose. Keep repeating distinctly and deliberately, “sit up.” Do not force her to sit up for too long at any one time, but do repeat the instruction routinely and reward her frequently with lots of cheers and snacks.
Teach Your South Russian Ovcharka to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced
Throughout the 1st lesson your South Russian Ovcharka will need significant help and support from you to stop her from pitching forward, but as she gets more control of her muscles and understands what you want her to do, she will depend less and less upon your hand to keep her steady. Gradually, you can give your South Russian Ovcharka less assistance up until you’ll basically have to leave one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be in place to prevent her falling forward; in the future you can withdraw your hand and just simply dangle the reward right over the level of your South Russian Ovcharka’s head.
Teach Your South Russian Ovcharka To Sit: Remove the Assistance Gradually Over Time
With frequent practice she will sit up well after you get her to sit. Next she should be set up against your wall, so as to offer her support for her back only. Only after she has gotten the knack of this and can hold her place effortlessly, practice with her using chair legs, pillows or other items that offer her less and less support. At some point she will understand how to keep her balance and sit up without having something to lean against.
Teach Your South Russian Ovcharka to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the words "sit up" will have been impressed upon her mind with the assistance of frequent repetition. Last comes the final lesson to teach your South Russian Ovcharka to sit up as soon as she hears the phrase. Most likely, if she has been diligently trained, you will simply have to call her out in the room, show to her a reward, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit up or sit" and she'll obey. Then you give her the treat while still in place.
The only prerequisite for perfection is to train with her several times daily until she can sit when commanded to and without being shown a snack; give her the rewards only once she has adhered to the direction.
Teach Your South Russian Ovcharka Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your South Russian Ovcharka many other skills. She can now learn to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in conjunction with yours. She also can be taught to salute by bringing one paw up to the side of her head, or to hold something in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothes.
In instructing a South Russian Ovcharka to accept being dressed up, do not try to make her wear too many garments at one time. Try her at first with just a hat. Once she becomes familiar with that you could put on a coat and eventually introduce her to more garments.
Appreciate "teaching your South Russian Ovcharka the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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