Are you trying to teach your Smalandsstovare to sit? The skill of sitting up is quickly taught to small dogs, though much larger dogs are another story. It is tricky for them to sustain their equilibrium.
Teach Your Smalandsstovare to Sit: Foundation
Sitting is one of the fundamental tricks that you should teach to your Smalandsstovare and is the ground work for numerous other skills. In order to train a Smalandsstovare to sit up, prepare some snacks as a perk, and put the Smalandsstovare on her haunches in the corner, so that she is not able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no room to stumble.
Teach Your Smalandsstovare to Sit: Familiarize Her With The Sound of The Words
Protect her from pitching towards you by sticking one hand on her chin and with your second hand dangle her treat above your Smalandsstovare’s nose. Keep repeating clearly and deliberately, “sit.” Do not force her to sit too long at one time, but do repeat the lesson regularly and reward her often with lots of approval and treats.
Teach Your Smalandsstovare to Sit: Help Her Keep Her Balance
Throughout the first lesson she will call for quite a bit of assistance from you to prevent her from falling forward, but as she gains better control of her stabilizing muscles and is aware of what you want, she will rely less and less upon your hand to hold her in position. Gradually, you can give your Smalandsstovare less support up until you’ll merely have to keep one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her chin or neck, to be available to prevent her from falling forward; later on you may take away your hand entirely and simply hold the reward right above the height of your Smalandsstovare’s face.
Teach Your Smalandsstovare To Sit: Remove the Aids Slowly And Gradually
With regular practice she will stay seated for a long time after you set her up. Next she should be set up against the wall, so as to offer her a support for her back. Immediately after she has learned this and can keep her place effortlessly, rehearse with her against chair legs, pillows or other objects that provide her less and less help and support. Sooner or later she will learn how to maintain her stability and sit in the absence of something to lean on.
Teach Your Smalandsstovare to Sit: Putting It All Together
Throughout all this training the phrase "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her mind by regular repetition. Now comes the final lesson to teach your Smalandsstovare to sit up immediately after she hears the phrase. Most likely, if she has been carefully instructed, you will simply have to call her out in the room, display a snack, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say "sit" and she'll obey. Then you'll just give her the reward while still in position.
The only criteria for flawlessness is to practice with your Smalandsstovare multiple times a day until she can sit when told and without being shown a reward; give her the treats only after she has complied with the direction.
Teach Your Smalandsstovare Other Tricks
You have now the basis for teaching your Smalandsstovare many other tricks. She can now be taught how to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she will move in coordination with yours. She can also learn to salute by moving one paw up to the side of her head, or to hold something in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothes.
While training a Smalandsstovare to accept being dressed up, do not try to get her to wear too many items at one time. Try her at first with a hat. After she gets used to that you can put on a jacket and little by little introduce her to more clothing.
Take joy in "teaching your Smalandsstovare the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun while you're doing it!
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