Training Your Patterdale Terrier To Sit

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Teach Your Patterdale Terrier to Sit

Are you working to teach your Patterdale Terrier to sit? The technique of sitting up is effortlessly taught to little dogs, but bigger canines are a different story. It’s tricky for them to maintain their balance.

Teach Your Patterdale Terrier to Sit: Planning

Sitting up is one of the very first skills that should be taught to your Patterdale Terrier and is the foundation for many other skills. In order to train a Patterdale Terrier to sit up, prepare some treats as a perk, and set your Patterdale Terrier on her haunches in the corner, so she won’t be able to fall either aft or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.

Teach Your Patterdale Terrier to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Sound of The Words

Keep her from falling to the front by sticking 1 hand underneath her chin and with your other hand dangle the reward above your Patterdale Terrier’s nose. Keep saying clearly and intelligibly, “sit up.” Don’t make her sit up for too long at one time, but do repeat the training regularly and reward her regularly with lots of approval and treats.

Teach Your Patterdale Terrier to Sit: Help Her Balance

Throughout the beginner lesson your Patterdale Terrier will require a lot of help from you to keep her from pitching forward, but as she gains better control of her muscles and recognizes what you want, she’ll rely less and less upon your hand to hold her steady. Then you can gradually give your Patterdale Terrier less assistance till you’ll just have to leave one hand in position two or three inches from her chin or neck, to be in position to stop her falling forward; in the future you can easily withdraw the hand completely and simply hold the reward just over the level of her face.

Teach Your Patterdale Terrier To Sit: Remove the Help Eventually

After consistent training your Patterdale Terrier will stay seated well after you tell her to. Afterward she should be set up against your wall, so as to give her a support for her back. Only after she has figured out this and can keep her position easily, rehearse with her using chair legs, pillows or other items that offer her less and less help and support. Eventually she will be able to preserve her stability and sit up without something to lean on.

Teach Your Patterdale Terrier to Sit: Putting It All Together

During the course of all these lessons the words "sit up" will have been instilled upon her psyche with the assistance of persistent repetition. Last here's the final training to teach your Patterdale Terrier to sit up as soon as she hears the words. Most likely, if she has been carefully taught, you will just have to call her out in the room, reveal to her a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the ground, say "sit up or sit" and she'll do so. Then just give her the snack while still in place.

The only condition for perfection is to rehearse with your Patterdale Terrier several times a day until she will sit on command and without being shown a snack; give her the rewards only after she has obeyed the order.

Teach Your Patterdale Terrier Other Tricks

You have now the foundation for teaching your Patterdale Terrier many other tricks. She now can be taught to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she'll 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 clothes.

In teaching a Patterdale Terrier to submit to being clothed, don't try to make her wear too many items at once. Try at first with just a hat. Soon after she gets used to that you can put on a coat and steadily introduce her to the other garments.

Enjoy "teaching your Patterdale Terrier the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!

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