Are you struggling to teach your Treeing Cur to sit? The skill of sitting up is effortlessly taught to compact dogs, but much larger doggies are another story. It’s tricky for them to keep their equilibrium.
Teach Your Treeing Cur to Sit: Planning
Sitting is one of the first techniques that should be taught to a Treeing Cur and provides the groundwork for numerous other skills. To train a Treeing Cur to sit up, organize some treats as a perk, and put the Treeing Cur on her rump in a corner, so that she is unable to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your Treeing Cur to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Command
Keep her from falling forward by sticking one hand beneath her chin and using the other hand dangle the snack above your Treeing Cur’s nose. Keep repeating clearly and deliberately, “sit.” Don’t make her sit up for too long at one time, but do repeat the training frequently and reward her often with a lot of kudos and treats.
Teach Your Treeing Cur to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced
Throughout her initial lesson she will require significant help from your hand to stop her from falling forward, but as she gains more control of the muscles and figures out what you want, she’ll depend less on your hand to hold her in position. Then you can gradually give your Treeing Cur less support until you will simply have to maintain one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be ready to stop her falling forward; later you may take away the hand entirely and just suspend the treat right above the height of her face.
Teach Your Treeing Cur To Sit: Remove the Aids Over Time
After constant training your Treeing Cur will stay seated well after you make her. Then she should be set up against the wall, so as to give her a support for her back. Only after she has picked up this and can hold her position easily, practice with her against chair legs, cushions or other items that offer her less and less help. In the end she will grasp how to keep her stability and sit up in the absence of anything to rest against.
Teach Your Treeing Cur to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the phrase "sit up" will have been instilled upon her mind by persistent repetition. Now comes the final lesson to teach your Treeing Cur to sit up immediately after she hears the command. Most likely, if she has been carefully taught, you will just have to call her out in the room, display to her a snack, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she will obey. Then give her the snack while still in place.
The only criteria for excellence is to train with your Treeing Cur multiple times daily until she sits up when told and without being shown a reward; give her the rewards only once she has adhered to the direction.
Teach Your Treeing Cur Other Tricks
You have now the fundamentals for teaching your Treeing Cur many other tricks. She now can be taught how to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she'll move in rhythm with yours. She also can be taught to salute by moving one paw up to the side of her head, or to keep something in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other articles of clothing.
While instructing a Treeing Cur to submit to being dressed up, don't try to make her wear too many things simultaneously. Try at first with just a hat. Only after she gets accustomed to that you could put on a jacket and slowly introduce her to the other clothing.
Enjoy "teaching your Treeing Cur the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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