Are you making an attempt to teach your Curly Coated Retriever to sit? The technique of sitting up is quite easily taught to smaller dogs, but bigger canines are another story. It is challenging for them to keep their balance.
Teach Your Curly Coated Retriever to Sit: Readiness
Sitting up is one of the 1st skills that you should teach to a Curly Coated Retriever and lays the groundwork for innumerable other techniques. In order to train a Curly Coated Retriever to sit up, organize some treats as a perk, and put your Curly Coated Retriever on her haunches in the corner, to ensure that she won’t fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your Curly Coated Retriever to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Command
Protect her from tilting to the front by securing one hand on her chin and using the second hand hold her reward above your Curly Coated Retriever’s face. Keep repeating deliberately and distinctly, “sit.” 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 loads of approval and snacks.
Teach Your Curly Coated Retriever to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance
Throughout the initial lesson your Curly Coated Retriever will call for significant support from your hand to prevent her from tumbling forward, but as she gains better control of her balancing muscles and knows what you want her to do, she will depend less upon your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give your Curly Coated Retriever less help till you will just have to maintain one hand in position two or three inches from her chin or neck, to be waiting to prevent her falling forward; later you can take away this hand altogether and just dangle the reward just above the level of her face.
Teach Your Curly Coated Retriever To Sit: Remove the Help Gradually Over Time
After constant practice she will stay seated for a long time after you tell her to. Then she should be set against a wall, so as to give her support for her back only. Only after she has gotten the knack of this and can hold her place effortlessly, rehearse with her up against chair legs, pillows or other items that provide her less and less assistance. At some point she will master how to sustain her stability and sit up in the absence of something to rest on.
Teach Your Curly Coated Retriever to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all this training the phrase "sit up" will have been impressed upon her subconscious by frequent repetition. Now here's the final training to teach your Curly Coated Retriever to sit up whenever she hears the command. Chances are, if she has been diligently taught, you will simply have to summon her out into the room, show to her a treat, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she will do so. Then you'll give her the snack while still in place.
The only prerequisite for flawlessness is to practice with her several times a day until she will sit up on command and without being shown a snack; give her the rewards only once she has obeyed the command.
Teach Your Curly Coated Retriever Other Tricks
You have now the groundwork for teaching your Curly Coated Retriever 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 rhythm 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 Curly Coated Retriever to accept being clothed, do not try to make her wear too many items at once. Try at first with just a hat. After she becomes accustomed to that you could put on a coat and over time introduce her to more clothes.
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