Are you trying to teach your Alaskan Klee Kai to sit? The skill of sitting up is easily taught to little dogs, yet much larger dogs are another story. It’s tricky for them to keep their equilibrium.
Teach Your Alaskan Klee Kai to Sit: Prep work
Sitting is one of the 1st skills that should be taught to a Alaskan Klee Kai and forms the foundation for lots of other skills. To train a Alaskan Klee Kai to sit up, prepare some snacks as a reward, and set your Alaskan Klee Kai on her butt in the corner, so she is not able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your Alaskan Klee Kai to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Phrase
Stop her from falling to the front by holding one hand on her chin and with the second hand dangle her reward above her nose. Keep repeating intelligibly and distinctly, “sit up.” Do not make her sit up too long at any one time, but repeat the lesson often and reward her frequently with plenty of appreciation and snacks.
Teach Your Alaskan Klee Kai to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced
During her 1st lesson she will require a lot of support from you to stop her from falling forward, but as she gets control of the stabilizing muscles and makes sense of what you want, she’ll rely less and less on your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give her less support til you’ll merely have to leave one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be in position to prevent her from falling forward; eventually you may take away the hand and simply suspend the reward right above the level of her head.
Teach Your Alaskan Klee Kai To Sit: Remove the Aids Progressively
After consistent training she will stay seated for a long time after you set her up. Next she should be set up against your wall, so as to provide her a support for her back. Soon after she has picked up this and can maintain her posture easily, practice with her using chair legs, pillows or other items that provide her less and less support. Eventually she will be trained to preserve her stability and sit without relying on something to rest on.
Teach Your Alaskan Klee Kai to Sit: Putting It All Together
Throughout all this training the words "sit up" will have been impressed upon her psyche by means of regular repetition. Last is the final lesson to teach your Alaskan Klee Kai to sit up right after she hears the phrase. Most likely, if she has been diligently taught, you will merely have to call her out into the room, display to her a treat, hold it up a reasonable distance from the floor, say "sit up" and she'll obey. Then give her the snack while still in position.
The only criteria for perfection is to practice with her multiple times daily until she can sit when told and without being shown a snack; give her the treats only after she has adhered to the command.
Teach Your Alaskan Klee Kai Other Tricks
You have now the basis for teaching your Alaskan Klee Kai many other tricks. She can now be taught how to beg by moving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she will move in coordination with yours. She also can learn to salute by moving one paw to the side of her head, or to hold something in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other articles of clothing.
When teaching a Alaskan Klee Kai to submit to being clothed, don't try to make her wear too many garments simultaneously. Try her at first with a hat. Once she becomes familiar with that you can put on a jacket and little by little introduce her to more garments.
Enjoy "teaching your Alaskan Klee Kai the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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