Are you making an attempt to teach your Mountain Cur to sit? The technique of sitting up is regularly taught to pocket-sized dogs, yet bigger pooches are a different story. It’s tricky for them to keep their equilibrium.
Teach Your Mountain Cur to Sit: Preparation
Sitting up is one of the very first techniques that you should teach to a Mountain Cur and is the ground work for many other techniques. To train a Mountain Cur to sit up, prep some treats as a reward, and set your Mountain Cur on her haunches in the corner, to make sure that she can not fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your Mountain Cur to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Words
Prevent her from pitching towards you by securing one hand beneath her chin and using your second hand hold the treat above her face. Keep repeating intelligibly and clearly, “sit.” Do not force her to sit for too long at any one time, but do repeat the lesson routinely and reward her often with plenty of praise and treats.
Teach Your Mountain Cur to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance
In her very first lesson she will need a lot of support from you to keep her from falling forward, but as she gains more control of her balancing muscles and realises what you want her to do, she’ll rely less and less on your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give your Mountain Cur less support till you’ll basically have to maintain one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be prepared to prevent her falling forward; later you can easily remove this hand completely and simply dangle the reward right over the height of your Mountain Cur’s head.
Teach Your Mountain Cur To Sit: Remove the Assistance Slowly
After consistent practice your Mountain Cur will sit up well after you get her to sit. Afterward she should be set up against the wall, so as to provide her support for her back. After she has gotten the hang of this and can maintain her place easily, practice with her up against chair legs, cushions or other things that give her less and less aid. Sooner or later she will figure out how to preserve her stability and sit without anything to rest on.
Teach Your Mountain Cur to Sit: Putting It All Together
During the course of all this training the words "sit up" will have been impressed upon her subconscious with the assistance of constant repetition. Lastly is the final training to teach your Mountain Cur to sit up immediately after she hears the phrase. Most likely, if she has been carefully trained, you will only have to call her out in the room, show a snack, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she'll do so. Then you'll just give her the snack while still in position.
The only condition for excellence is to train with your Mountain Cur multiple times a day until she sits up when told and without being shown a reward; give her the rewards only after she has complied with the order.
Teach Your Mountain Cur Other Tricks
You have now the basis for teaching your Mountain Cur many other skills. She can now learn to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in sync with yours. She also can learn to salute by bringing one paw up to the side of her head, or to keep an object in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other clothes.
When instructing a Mountain Cur to submit to being dressed up, don't try to make her wear too many garments at one time. Try at first with just a hat. Soon after she becomes familiar with that you can put on a jacket and gradually over time introduce her to the other garments.
Delight in "teaching your Mountain Cur the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun along the way!
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