Are you attempting to teach your Bergamasco Shepherd to sit? The skill of sitting up is effortlessly taught to small dogs, though bigger dogs are a different story. It’s hard for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Bergamasco Shepherd to Sit: Planning
Sitting up is one of the fundamental techniques that should be taught to your Bergamasco Shepherd and lays the foundation for countless other skills. In order to train a Bergamasco Shepherd to sit up, put together some snacks as a perk, and set the Bergamasco Shepherd on her rump in the 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 Bergamasco Shepherd to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Sound of The Words
Prevent her from pitching towards you by sticking one hand on her chin and using the other hand hold her treat above your Bergamasco Shepherd’s face. Keep saying clearly and intelligibly, “sit.” Don’t make her sit for too long at one time, but repeat the instruction regularly and reward her regularly with loads of kudos and snacks.
Teach Your Bergamasco Shepherd to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced
During the initial lesson she will require quite a bit of support from your hand to prevent her from tumbling forward, but as she gains more control of her balancing muscles and knows what you want, she will count less upon your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give your Bergamasco Shepherd less support up until you will merely have to keep one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be in place to prevent her falling forward; later you will be able to remove the hand completely and just hold the reward right over the height of your Bergamasco Shepherd’s head.
Teach Your Bergamasco Shepherd To Sit: Remove the Help Gradually
After consistent training your Bergamasco Shepherd will stay seated well after you tell her to. The next step is she should be set up against your wall, so as to provide her a support for her back. After she has learned this and can keep her position effortlessly, rehearse with her using chair legs, cushions or other items that provide her less and less help. Subsequently she will figure out how to keep her equilibrium and sit without anything to lean on.
Teach Your Bergamasco Shepherd to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the phrase "sit up" will have been impressed upon her psyche by frequent repetition. Lastly is the final lesson to teach your Bergamasco Shepherd to sit up right after she hears the command. Chances are, if she has been properly taught, you will only have to call her out in the room, show to her a snack, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit" and she'll obey. Then you'll give her the treat while still in position.
The only necessity for perfection is to practice with your Bergamasco Shepherd several times daily until she will sit up on command and without being shown a reward; give her the rewards only once she has adhered to the command.
Teach Your Bergamasco Shepherd Other Tricks
You have now the groundwork for teaching your Bergamasco Shepherd many other tricks. She can now be taught to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in sync with yours. She can also learn to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to keep a toy in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothing.
While instructing a Bergamasco Shepherd to accept being clothed, do not try to make her wear too many items at the same time. Try at first with a hat. After she becomes used to that you could put on a coat and eventually introduce her to the other clothes.
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