Are you attempting to teach your Border Collie to sit? The talent of sitting up is quite easily taught to petite dogs, however much larger dogs are another story. It’s tricky for them to keep their balance.
Teach Your Border Collie to Sit: Groundwork
Sitting is one of the first skills that should be taught to your Border Collie and provides the groundwork for a large number of other techniques. In order to train a Border Collie to sit up, prepare some snacks as a perk, and place your Border Collie on her backside in the corner, to ensure that she can’t fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.
Teach Your Border Collie to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Phrase
Keep her from falling towards you by holding your hand under her chin and using your second hand dangle her snack above the Border Collie’s nose. Keep saying deliberately and distinctly, “sit up.” Don’t make her sit for too long at one time, but repeat the lesson frequently and reward her often with a lot of cheers and treats.
Teach Your Border Collie to Sit: Help Her Balance
During her first lesson your Border Collie will require a surprising amount of support from your hand to stop her from tumbling forward, but as she gets better control of the muscles and makes sense of what you want her to do, she will rely less upon your hand to hold her steady. Then you can gradually give her less support up until you’ll simply have to maintain one hand in position two or three inches from her chin or neck, to be available to prevent her falling forward; eventually you might withdraw your hand and just simply hold the snack just above the level of her face.
Teach Your Border Collie To Sit: Remove the Assistance Slowly
After steady training she will sit up long after you command her. Afterward she should be set up against the wall, so as to offer her a support for her back only. Immediately after she has figured out this and can keep her place easily, practice with her against chair legs, pillows or other things that provide her less and less assistance. In time she will be able to preserve her equilibrium and sit up without relying on something to lean on.
Teach Your Border Collie to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the command "sit up" will have been impressed upon her mind by means of regular repetition. Last comes the final training to teach your Border Collie to sit up right after she hears the command. There's a great chance, if she has been carefully trained, you will only have to get her out in the room, show her a snack, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit" and she'll do so. Then give her the snack while still in position.
The only condition for flawlessness is to train with her several times daily until she can sit when commanded to and without being shown a treat; give her the snacks only after she has complied with the direction.
Teach Your Border Collie Other Tricks
You have now the technique for teaching your Border Collie many other tricks. She now can learn to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in sync with yours. She can also learn to salute by moving one paw to the side of her head, or to keep an object in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothes.
While teaching a Border Collie to submit to being clothed, don't try to get her to wear too many garments simultaneously. Try at first with just a cap. Only after she becomes accustomed to that you could put on a coat and gradually over time introduce her to more garments.
Enjoy "teaching your Border Collie the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun along the way!
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