Are you making an attempt to teach your Silken Windhound to sit? The talent of sitting up is quickly taught to compact dogs, yet much larger dogs are another story. It is tough for them to maintain their balance.
Teach Your Silken Windhound to Sit: Groundwork
Sitting is one of the 1st tricks that you should teach to a Silken Windhound and provides the foundation for a large number of other tricks. To train a Silken Windhound to sit up, prepare some treats as a perk, and put your Silken Windhound on her haunches in the corner, to ensure that she is not able to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no space to lose balance.
Teach Your Silken Windhound to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Phrase
Stop her from falling forward by maintaining your hand underneath her chin and using the second hand hold the reward above your Silken Windhound’s nose. Keep saying deliberately and distinctly, “sit.” Do not force her to sit too long at any one time, but repeat the training frequently and reward her frequently with plenty of recognition and snacks.
Teach Your Silken Windhound to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
Throughout her 1st lesson your Silken Windhound will need a lot of support from your hand to stop her from falling forward, but as she gets more control of the stabilizing muscles and knows what you want her to do, she’ll depend less upon your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give your Silken Windhound less support till you will basically have to keep one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be available to stop her from falling forward; in the future you can probably remove your hand and simply dangle the snack right above the level of her head.
Teach Your Silken Windhound To Sit: Remove the Assistance Eventually
With steady practice your Silken Windhound will stay seated for a long time after you command her. The next step is she should be set against the wall, so as to provide her a support for her back only. Immediately after she has grasped this and can hold her place effortlessly, practice with her up against chair legs, cushions or other things that give her less and less help and support. Subsequently she will learn to keep her stability and sit up without needing something to lean against.
Teach Your Silken Windhound to Sit: Putting It All Together
During the course of all this training the words "sit up" will have been impressed upon her psyche through persistent repetition. Last comes the final training to teach your Silken Windhound to sit up right after she hears the command. Chances are, if she has been carefully taught, you will merely have to call her out into the room, show her a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit up" and she'll obey. Then just give her the treat while still in position.
The only requirement for flawlessness is to practice with your Silken Windhound multiple times a day until she can sit up when told and without being shown a snack; give her the snacks only after she has complied with the command.
Teach Your Silken Windhound Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your Silken Windhound many other skills. She can now be taught how to beg by waving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she'll move in sync with yours. She can also be taught to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to keep something in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other clothing.
When training a Silken Windhound to accept being clothed, don't try to make her wear too many items simultaneously. Try her at first with a cap. Once she becomes used to that you could put on a coat and little by little introduce her to more garments.
Delight in "teaching your Silken Windhound the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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