Are you aspiring to teach your Shiba Inu to sit? The talent of sitting up is easily taught to little dogs, yet bigger canines are another story. It’s difficult for them to sustain their balance.
Teach Your Shiba Inu to Sit: Preparation
Sitting is one of the fundamental skills that you should teach to your Shiba Inu and provides the ground work for various other tricks. To train a Shiba Inu to sit up, prepare some treats as a reward, and put your Shiba Inu on her backside in the corner, to ensure she will not fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your Shiba Inu to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Words
Keep her from tilting to the front by securing one hand underneath her chin and with your second hand dangle the treat above the Shiba Inu’s face. Keep repeating intelligibly and distinctly, “sit up.” Do not force her to sit for too long at any one time, however repeat the instruction routinely and reward her frequently with a lot of kudos and treats.
Teach Your Shiba Inu to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance
Throughout her beginner lesson she will require considerable assistance from your hand to stop her from falling forward, but as she gains better control of the muscles and starts to learn what you want, she will count less and less on your hand to hold her steady. Gradually, you can give your Shiba Inu less help until you will basically have to maintain one hand in position two or three inches from her chin or neck, to be in position to stop her falling forward; later you can most likely withdraw this hand completely and just simply dangle the treat just above the level of her head.
Teach Your Shiba Inu To Sit: Remove the Aids Gradually Over Time
With regular practice your Shiba Inu will stay seated for a long time after you get her to sit. Afterward she should be set up against the wall, so as to give her a support for her back. After she has gotten the hang of this and can hold her posture easily, practice with her against chair legs, pillows or other things that provide her less and less aid. In time she will be able to sustain her equilibrium and sit without anything to rest on.
Teach Your Shiba Inu to Sit: Putting It All Together
In the course of all this training the phrase "sit up" will have been instilled upon her psyche by frequent repetition. Lastly here's the final training to teach your Shiba Inu to sit up immediately after she hears the command. It's highly likely, if she has been properly instructed, you will merely have to get her out in the room, show to her a reward, hold it up a reasonable distance from the floor, say "sit" and she will do so. Then you give her the snack while still in position.
The only criteria for flawlessness is to practice with your Shiba Inu several times daily until she sits when told and without being shown a treat; give her the treats only after she has followed the order.
Teach Your Shiba Inu Other Tricks
You have now the groundwork for teaching your Shiba Inu many other tricks. She can now be taught how to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in conjunction with yours. She also can be taught to salute by moving one paw to the side of her head, or to keep a toy in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothes.
In instructing a Shiba Inu to tolerate being clothed, do not try to make her wear too many garments simultaneously. Try at first with a cap. Soon after she becomes accustomed to that you could put on a coat and incrementally introduce her to the other garments.
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