Are you aiming to teach your Portuguese Pointer to sit? The technique of sitting up is regularly taught to very small dogs, however much bigger dogs are a different story. It’s tricky for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Portuguese Pointer to Sit: Foundation
Sitting is one of the very first tricks that should be taught to a Portuguese Pointer and forms the groundwork for myriad other techniques. In order to train a Portuguese Pointer to sit up, organize some snacks as a perk, and place your Portuguese Pointer on her rump in a corner, so that she can not fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to stumble.
Teach Your Portuguese Pointer to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Sound of The Words
Prevent her from falling forward by securing 1 hand under her chin and with your second hand hold the treat above your Portuguese Pointer’s face. Keep saying clearly and intelligibly, “sit.” Do not make her sit for too long at any one time, however repeat the training routinely and reward her often with plenty of recognition and snacks.
Teach Your Portuguese Pointer to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
In her 1st lesson she will demand a lot of assistance from you to prevent her from tumbling forward, but as she gains control of the muscles and realizes what you want her to do, she will depend less upon your hand to keep her in position. Then you can gradually give your Portuguese Pointer less help up until you’ll merely have to maintain one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be waiting to prevent her falling forward; later on you will be able to take away your hand completely and simply hold the reward right over the height of your Portuguese Pointer’s face.
Teach Your Portuguese Pointer To Sit: Remove the Help Incrementally
After consistent practice your Portuguese Pointer will sit up well after you tell her to. Afterward she should be set up against your wall, so as to give her assistance for her back. After she has taken in this and can maintain her posture easily, practice with her up against chair legs, pillows or other items that provide her less and less aid. Subsequently she will learn to sustain her stability and sit up without something to lean on.
Teach Your Portuguese Pointer to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all these lessons the words "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her subconscious by means of persistent repetition. Last comes the final training to teach your Portuguese Pointer to sit up immediately after she hears the command. Chances are, if she has been diligently instructed, you will simply have to get her out in the room, reveal to her a reward, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit up" and she'll obey. Then give her the snack while still in place.
The only necessity for flawlessness is to practice with her several times a day until she will sit up on command and without being shown a treat; give her the treats only after she has adhered to the order.
Teach Your Portuguese Pointer Other Tricks
You have now the groundwork for teaching your Portuguese Pointer many other tricks. She now can learn to beg by waving your hand up and down in front of her paws, which she'll move in conjunction with yours. She also can learn to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to hold a wooden pipe in her mouth, or to wear a cap on her head or wear other clothing.
When instructing a Portuguese Pointer to submit to being dressed up, don't try to get her to wear too many clothes at one time. Try her at first with just a hat. Soon after she gets adjusted to that you could put on a coat and little by little introduce her to the other garments.
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