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Training Your American Cocker Spaniel To Sit

Teach Your American Cocker Spaniel to Sit

Are you making an attempt to teach your American Cocker Spaniel to sit? The skill of sitting up is regularly taught to pocket-sized dogs, though much larger dogs are a different story. It is tricky for them to sustain their balance.

Teach Your American Cocker Spaniel to Sit: Prep work

Sitting is one of the initial tricks that you should teach to a American Cocker Spaniel and provides the ground work for several other skills. In order to train a American Cocker Spaniel to sit up, put together some snacks as a perk, and place your American Cocker Spaniel on her rump in a corner, so she won’t be able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.

Teach Your American Cocker Spaniel to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Sound of The Words

Stop her from tilting towards you by keeping your hand under her chin and using the other hand hold the reward above your American Cocker Spaniel’s nose. Keep repeating deliberately and distinctly, “sit up.” Don’t force her to sit up for too long at one time, but do repeat the instruction often and reward her regularly with a lot of kudos and treats.

Teach Your American Cocker Spaniel to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced

During the initial lesson your American Cocker Spaniel will need considerable help from your hand to prevent her from pitching forward, but as she gains better control of her muscles and starts to understand what you want, she’ll rely less upon your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give your American Cocker Spaniel less help and support up until you’ll basically have to keep one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be set to prevent her from falling forward; in the future you might remove your hand and just simply suspend the treat just over the height of her head.

Teach Your American Cocker Spaniel To Sit: Remove the Help Progressively

After steady practice she will sit up for a good while after you get her to sit. The next step is she should be set against a wall, so as to offer her help for her back only. After she has mastered this and can hold her position effortlessly, practice with her using chair legs, cushions or other objects that offer her less and less aid. In time she will be able to keep her balance and sit without having anything to lean on.

Teach Your American Cocker Spaniel to Sit: Putting It All Together

Throughout all this training the phrase "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her subconscious with the assistance of constant repetition. Last here's the final training to teach your American Cocker Spaniel to sit up whenever she hears the command. There's a good chance, if she has been carefully instructed, you will simply have to call her out in the room, reveal to her a reward, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit" and she will do so. Then you'll just give her the treat while still in place.

The only requirement for flawlessness is to rehearse with her multiple times daily until she sits when told and without being shown a reward; give her the treats only once she has followed the direction.

Teach Your American Cocker Spaniel Other Tricks

You have now the technique for teaching your American Cocker Spaniel many other tricks. She can now be taught to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she will move in rhythm with yours. She also can learn to salute by moving one paw up to the side of her head, or to keep something in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other articles of clothing.

While teaching a American Cocker Spaniel to accept being clothed, do not try to get her to wear too many things at the same time. Try her at first with a hat. Soon after she becomes accustomed to that you can put on a jacket and over time introduce her to the other clothing.

Delight in "teaching your American Cocker Spaniel the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun at the same time!

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