Are you working to teach your White Shepherd to sit? The technique of sitting up is quickly taught to petite dogs, however much bigger canines are another story. It is tough for them to keep their balance.
Teach Your White Shepherd to Sit: Planning
Sitting up is one of the 1st skills that you should teach to your White Shepherd and provides the groundwork for a large number of other skills. To train a White Shepherd to sit up, put together some treats as a reward, and place your White Shepherd on her haunches in a corner, to ensure she is not able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to lose balance.
Teach Your White Shepherd to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Phrase
Prevent her from falling to the front by holding your hand beneath her chin and with your second hand hold the treat above her face. Keep saying distinctly and intelligibly, “sit up.” Do not make her sit for too long at one time, but do repeat the training routinely and reward her frequently with loads of cheers and treats.
Teach Your White Shepherd to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
Throughout the first lesson your White Shepherd will call for a lot of support from you to prevent her from pitching forward, but as she gains more control of her muscles and realises what you want, she will rely less upon your hand to hold her steady. Then you can gradually give your White Shepherd less support til you’ll simply have to maintain one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be available to stop her falling forward; later on you can probably remove the hand completely and simply dangle the reward right above the height of her face.
Teach Your White Shepherd To Sit: Remove the Aids Gradually Over Time
After consistent practice your White Shepherd will stay seated for a long time after you tell her to. Next she should be set against a wall, so as to offer her support for her back. After she has understood this and can keep her place easily, rehearse with her against chair legs, pillows or other things that provide her less and less support. Sooner or later she will be able to keep her stability and sit up without relying on anything to rest on.
Teach Your White Shepherd to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the phrase "sit up" will have been impressed upon her mind through frequent repetition. Last is the final lesson to teach your White Shepherd to sit up right after she hears the command. There's a good chance, if she has been properly instructed, you will only have to call her out into the room, show a snack, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit up or sit" and she will obey. Then give her the reward while still in position.
The only requirement for perfection is to rehearse with your White Shepherd several times a day until she will sit up when told and without being shown a treat; give her the treats only once she has adhered to the command.
Teach Your White Shepherd Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your White Shepherd many other tricks. She can now learn to beg by waving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she'll move in sync with yours. She also can learn to salute by bringing one paw up to the side of her head, or to hold an object in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothing.
In instructing a White Shepherd to tolerate being clothed, do not try to make her wear too many garments at the same time. Try her at first with a cap. After she gets adjusted to that you can put on a jacket and progressively introduce her to more garments.
Enjoy "teaching your White Shepherd the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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