Are you aspiring to teach your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen to sit? The talent of sitting up is quite easily taught to pocket-sized dogs, though much bigger pooches are another story. It’s hard for them to maintain their balance.
Teach Your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen to Sit: Readiness
Sitting up is one of the first tricks that you should teach to a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen and lays the groundwork for lots of other techniques. In order to train a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen to sit up, prep some snacks as a reward, and set your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen on her haunches in the corner, to make sure that she can not fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.
Teach Your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Words
Protect her from pitching towards you by holding your hand on her chin and with the other hand dangle the snack above the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen’s face. Keep repeating distinctly and deliberately, “sit.” Don’t make her sit too long at one time, but repeat the lesson frequently and reward her frequently with loads of recognition and treats.
Teach Your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
Throughout the initial lesson she will require considerable assistance from you to keep her from pitching forward, but as she gains better control of the balancing muscles and finds out what you want her to do, she’ll rely less on your hand to keep her steady. Then you can gradually give her less help till you will merely have to maintain one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be in place to prevent her from falling forward; eventually you can withdraw the hand entirely and just suspend the snack right above the level of her head.
Teach Your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen To Sit: Remove the Assistance Incrementally
After frequent training your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen will stay seated long after you command her. Then she should be set against your wall, so as to give her a support for her back only. Once she has learned this and can hold her place effortlessly, rehearse with her against chair legs, pillows or other things that provide her less and less assistance. In time she will learn how to preserve her equilibrium and sit up in the absence of something to lean on.
Teach Your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen to Sit: Putting It All Together
Throughout all these lessons the words "sit up" will have been impressed upon her psyche with the assistance of persistent repetition. Now here's the final training to teach your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen to sit up immediately after she hears the command. Most likely, if she has been properly trained, you will merely have to call her out into the room, show her a reward, hold it up a reasonable distance from the floor, say "sit up or sit" and she will obey. Then give her the treat while still in place.
The only necessity for flawlessness is to train with her multiple times a day until she can sit when told and without being shown a reward; give her the rewards only after she has adhered to the direction.
Teach Your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Other Tricks
You have now the basis for teaching your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen 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'll move in rhythm with yours. She also can be taught to salute by moving one paw 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 clothes.
While training a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen to tolerate being dressed up, do not try to make her wear too many things at the same time. Try at first with just a cap. Soon after she becomes adjusted to that you could put on a jacket and gradually over time introduce her to more clothes.
Take joy in "teaching your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun along the way!
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