Are you attempting to teach your Bavarian Mountain Hound to sit? The skill of sitting up is regularly taught to small dogs, however much bigger dogs are a different story. It is difficult for them to keep their equilibrium.
Teach Your Bavarian Mountain Hound to Sit: Prep work
Sitting is one of the most basic techniques that should be taught to your Bavarian Mountain Hound and is the ground work for quite a few other skills. In order to train a Bavarian Mountain Hound to sit up, prep some snacks as a reward, and put your Bavarian Mountain Hound on her butt in a corner, to make sure that she is not able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to lose balance.
Teach Your Bavarian Mountain Hound to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Phrase
Protect her from tilting towards you by securing your hand underneath her chin and using the other hand dangle the treat above her face. Keep repeating distinctly and intelligibly, “sit up.” Do not make her sit up too long at any one time, but do repeat the lesson regularly and reward her frequently with a lot of recognition and treats.
Teach Your Bavarian Mountain Hound to Sit: Help Her Balance
Throughout her 1st lesson your Bavarian Mountain Hound will need considerable help and support from your hand to stop her from tumbling forward, but as she gains better control of the muscles and starts to learn what you want, she’ll rely less and less on your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give her less assistance up until you’ll merely have to leave one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be ready to prevent her falling forward; later you can probably take away this hand and simply hold the snack just above the level of her head.
Teach Your Bavarian Mountain Hound To Sit: Remove the Aids Over Time
With steady training your Bavarian Mountain Hound will sit up well after you command her. The next step is she should be set up against your wall, so as to provide her support for her back. Only after she has understood this and can keep her posture easily, rehearse with her against chair legs, pillows or other items that give her less and less help. In time she will grasp how to preserve her stability and sit without needing anything to lean on.
Teach Your Bavarian Mountain Hound to Sit: Putting It All Together
During the course of all this training the phrase "sit up" will have been impressed upon her subconscious by means of frequent repetition. Last here's the final lesson to teach your Bavarian Mountain Hound to sit up as soon as she hears the command. Chances are, if she has been properly trained, you will just have to get her out in the room, display a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit" and she will obey. Then just give her the treat while still in place.
The only prerequisite for perfection is to train with your Bavarian Mountain Hound multiple times daily until she sits on command and without being shown a reward; give her the snacks only once she has obeyed the direction.
Teach Your Bavarian Mountain Hound Other Tricks
You have now the foundation for teaching your Bavarian Mountain Hound many other tricks. She now can learn how to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in rhythm with yours. She can also be taught to salute by bringing one paw up to the side of her head, or to hold a toy in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other articles of clothing.
When teaching a Bavarian Mountain Hound to submit to being dressed up, don't try to make her wear too many things at once. Try her at first with a cap. After she becomes adjusted to that you could put on a coat and over time introduce her to more clothing.
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