Are you working to teach your Southern Hound to sit? The talent of sitting up is easily taught to very small dogs, however much bigger pet dogs are another story. It is tricky for them to keep their balance.
Teach Your Southern Hound to Sit: Planning
Sitting up is one of the 1st techniques that you should teach to a Southern Hound and lays the groundwork for a number of other techniques. In order to train a Southern Hound to sit up, prep some treats as a reward, and place your Southern Hound on her butt in the corner, so that she won’t fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your Southern Hound to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Words
Protect her from falling towards you by sticking your hand on her chin and using the second hand dangle the reward above her face. Keep repeating distinctly and intelligibly, “sit.” Don’t force her to sit up for too long at one time, but repeat the lesson often and reward her regularly with lots of cheers and treats.
Teach Your Southern Hound to Sit: Help Her Balance
Throughout her very first lesson your Southern Hound will demand quite a bit of help and support from your hand to prevent her from pitching forward, but as she gains more control of her stabilizing muscles and makes sense of what you want, she will depend less on your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give your Southern Hound less support til you will only have to leave one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be prepared to prevent her falling forward; later you might withdraw your hand completely and just simply hold the reward right over the height of your Southern Hound’s head.
Teach Your Southern Hound To Sit: Remove the Help Progressively
After consistent training your Southern Hound will sit up well after you tell her to. Afterward she should be set against your wall, so as to provide her a support for her back. After she has learned this and can keep her position easily, rehearse with her using chair legs, cushions or other items that provide her less and less assistance. Sooner or later she will learn to sustain her equilibrium and sit without needing anything to rest against.
Teach Your Southern Hound to Sit: Putting It All Together
In the course of all these lessons the words "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her subconscious with the assistance of frequent repetition. Now here's the final training to teach your Southern Hound to sit up as quickly as she hears the words. There's a great chance, if she has been diligently taught, you will simply have to summon her out in the room, show to her a reward, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit" and she'll do so. Then you give her the snack while still in position.
The only condition for flawlessness is to practice with her multiple times daily until she sits on command and without being shown a treat; give her the snacks only once she has complied with the order.
Teach Your Southern Hound Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your Southern Hound many other tricks. She now can be taught to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in conjunction with yours. She can also be taught to salute by moving one paw to the side of her head, or to keep a wooden pipe in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other articles of clothing.
While teaching a Southern Hound to submit to being clothed, do not try to get her to wear too many things at the same time. Try at first with a cap. Once she becomes accustomed to that you could put on a jacket and gradually introduce her to the other clothing.
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