Are you trying to teach your Schipperke to sit? The technique of sitting up is quite easily taught to little dogs, however much bigger dogs are a different story. It is challenging for them to maintain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Schipperke to Sit: Planning
Sitting up is one of the first techniques that should be taught to a Schipperke and provides the groundwork for a lot of other tricks. To train a Schipperke to sit up, prepare some treats as a reward, and place the Schipperke on her butt in a corner, so she is not able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to lose balance.
Teach Your Schipperke to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Words
Stop her from falling to the front by sticking your hand under her chin and with your other hand dangle the reward above the Schipperke’s face. Keep repeating clearly and intelligibly, “sit up.” Don’t make her sit for too long at any one time, but repeat the lesson regularly and reward her frequently with a lot of kudos and snacks.
Teach Your Schipperke to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced
During her beginner lesson your Schipperke will need a lot of support from your hand to prevent her from tumbling forward, but as she gets better control of the stabilizing muscles and starts to understand what you want her to do, she’ll rely less on your hand to hold her in position. Then you can gradually give your Schipperke less help up until you will simply have to maintain one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be set to stop her from falling forward; in the future you will be able to remove the hand altogether and merely dangle the reward just above the height of her face.
Teach Your Schipperke To Sit: Remove the Help Eventually
After frequent training your Schipperke will sit up for a long time after you command her. The next step is she should be set against the wall, so as to offer her help for her back only. When she has gotten the hang of this and can keep her place easily, practice with her against chair legs, pillows or other things that provide her less and less support. In the end she will figure out how to keep her balance and sit up without relying on something to rest on.
Teach Your Schipperke to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the phrase "sit up" will have been impressed upon her psyche by frequent repetition. Lastly comes the final lesson to teach your Schipperke to sit up whenever she hears the words. Most likely, if she has been carefully instructed, you will only have to call her out in the room, display to her a snack, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit" and she'll obey. Then give her the treat while still in position.
The only condition for perfection is to train with your Schipperke several times a day until she can sit up when commanded to and without being shown a treat; give her the treats only after she has complied with the direction.
Teach Your Schipperke Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your Schipperke many other skills. She can now learn how to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she'll move in sync with yours. She can also be taught to salute by moving one paw 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 clothes.
In teaching a Schipperke to accept being dressed up, do not try to make her wear too many clothes at once. Try at first with a hat. After she gets familiar with that you could put on a jacket and slowly and gradually introduce her to more clothes.
Take pleasure in "teaching your Schipperke the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun along the way!
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