Are you making an attempt to teach your Spanish Water Dog to sit? The talent of sitting up is regularly taught to pocket-sized dogs, yet much bigger dogs are another story. It is tough for them to keep their equilibrium.
Teach Your Spanish Water Dog to Sit: Prep work
Sitting is one of the most basic tricks that you should teach to a Spanish Water Dog and forms the groundwork for lots of other skills. To train a Spanish Water Dog to sit up, prepare some snacks as a perk, and put the Spanish Water Dog on her backside in a corner, to ensure that she is not able to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your Spanish Water Dog to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Words
Prevent her from falling towards you by sticking your hand underneath her chin and with the second hand dangle the treat above her face. Keep repeating clearly and intelligibly, “sit up.” Don’t make her sit up for too long at one time, but do repeat the training frequently and reward her frequently with plenty of appreciation and snacks.
Teach Your Spanish Water Dog to Sit: Help Her Balance
During the very first lesson she will call for a lot of help and support from your hand to stop her from pitching forward, but as she gains better control of her muscles and understands what you want her to do, she will count less on your hand to hold her steady. Gradually, you can give your Spanish Water Dog less help and support up until you will simply have to leave one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be ready to prevent her falling forward; in the future you can most likely withdraw the hand entirely and merely hold the treat just above the level of your Spanish Water Dog’s head.
Teach Your Spanish Water Dog To Sit: Remove the Help Incrementally
After consistent practice your Spanish Water Dog will sit up for a long time after you command her. Afterward she should be set up against the wall, so as to offer her help for her back only. When she has learned this and can maintain her place easily, practice with her up against chair legs, cushions or other objects that give her less and less help. Subsequently she will be able to preserve her equilibrium and sit up without needing something to rest on.
Teach Your Spanish Water Dog to Sit: Putting It All Together
In the course of all this training the phrase "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her mind by means of persistent repetition. Last comes the final lesson to teach your Spanish Water Dog to sit up right after she hears the words. There's a good chance, if she has been carefully instructed, you will only have to call her out in the room, show a reward, hold it up a reasonable distance from the floor, say "sit" and she'll do so. Then you'll give her the treat while still in place.
The only condition for flawlessness is to practice with her multiple times daily until she sits up when told and without being shown a reward; give her the treats only after she has complied with the command.
Teach Your Spanish Water Dog Other Tricks
You have now the groundwork for teaching your Spanish Water Dog many other skills. She now can learn how to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she will move in conjunction with yours. She also can learn to salute by moving 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 clothing.
In training a Spanish Water Dog to accept being clothed, don't try to make her wear too many things simultaneously. Try her at first with just a cap. Once she gets accustomed to that you could put on a coat and little by little introduce her to more clothes.
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