Are you attempting to teach your Golden Retriever to sit? The technique of sitting up is easily taught to compact dogs, though larger pet dogs are another story. It is problematic for them to maintain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Golden Retriever to Sit: Groundwork
Sitting is one of the 1st techniques that should be taught to your Golden Retriever and provides the foundation for numerous other techniques. To train a Golden Retriever to sit up, organize some treats as a reward, and put your Golden Retriever on her rump in the corner, to make sure that she can’t fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.
Teach Your Golden Retriever to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Command
Keep her from falling forward by securing one hand on her chin and with your other hand dangle her reward above her face. Keep saying deliberately and clearly, “sit up.” Do not force her to sit up too long at one time, but do repeat the instruction routinely and reward her frequently with lots of praise and snacks.
Teach Your Golden Retriever to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced
During the initial lesson she will demand quite a bit of help from your hand to prevent her from tumbling forward, but as she gains control of the stabilizing muscles and starts to understand what you want her to do, she’ll rely less upon your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give her less support up until you’ll just have to leave one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be set to prevent her falling forward; eventually you can most likely remove this hand entirely and simply dangle the snack right over the height of your Golden Retriever’s face.
Teach Your Golden Retriever To Sit: Remove the Aids Slowly
With consistent practice your Golden Retriever will sit up for a long time after you make her. Then she should be set up against your wall, so as to offer her a support for her back. Only after she has learned this and can maintain her place effortlessly, practice with her up against chair legs, cushions or other objects that offer her less and less aid. Eventually she will understand how to keep her stability and sit up without needing anything to lean against.
Teach Your Golden Retriever to Sit: Putting It All Together
During the course of all these lessons the command "sit up" will have been impressed upon her psyche through regular repetition. Lastly comes the final training to teach your Golden Retriever to sit up right after she hears the command. There's a good chance, if she has been carefully trained, you will only have to summon her out in the room, reveal a reward, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit" and she'll do so. Then give her the snack while still in position.
The only necessity for perfection is to practice with her several times a day until she can sit when commanded to and without being shown a reward; give her the snacks only after she has adhered to the direction.
Teach Your Golden Retriever Other Tricks
You have now the foundation for teaching your Golden 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 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 clothing.
While instructing a Golden Retriever to tolerate being clothed, do not try to get her to wear too many garments simultaneously. Try at first with a cap. Only after she gets used to that you could put on a jacket and incrementally introduce her to more clothing.
Delight in "teaching your Golden Retriever the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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