Are you struggling to teach your Thai Ridgeback to sit? The technique of sitting up is quite easily taught to little dogs, however larger pet dogs are another story. It is tough for them to keep their balance.
Teach Your Thai Ridgeback to Sit: Preparation
Sitting is one of the 1st techniques that you should teach to a Thai Ridgeback and provides the groundwork for countless other techniques. In order to train a Thai Ridgeback to sit up, organize some treats as a reward, and place your Thai Ridgeback 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 Thai Ridgeback to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Phrase
Protect her from tilting to the front by holding your hand beneath her chin and with the second hand hold the reward above the Thai Ridgeback’s face. Keep repeating intelligibly and clearly, “sit up.” Don’t force her to sit up for too long at any one time, but repeat the training routinely and reward her regularly with lots of cheers and snacks.
Teach Your Thai Ridgeback to Sit: Help Her Maintain Balance
Throughout the beginner lesson she will require a lot of support from your hand to prevent her from falling forward, but as she gets better control of her stabilizing muscles and understands what you want her to do, she’ll count less and less upon your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give her less support till you will simply have to leave one hand in position 2 or 3 inches from her neck or chin, to be available to prevent her from falling forward; in the future you might take away your hand and simply dangle the snack just above the level of your Thai Ridgeback’s head.
Teach Your Thai Ridgeback To Sit: Remove the Help Slowly
With consistent practice she will stay seated for a good while after you command her. Then she should be set up against the wall, so as to offer her a support for her back. Soon after she has taken in this and can hold her position easily, rehearse with her up against chair legs, pillows or other items that provide her less and less support. In time she will grasp how to preserve her equilibrium and sit up without relying on something to lean against.
Teach Your Thai Ridgeback to Sit: Putting It All Together
During all this training the words "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her subconscious through regular repetition. Now comes the final training to teach your Thai Ridgeback to sit up whenever she hears the command. There's a great chance, if she has been diligently trained, you will just have to summon her out in the room, display a reward, hold it up a reasonable distance from the ground, say "sit up" and she'll do so. Then give her the snack while still in place.
The only necessity for perfection is to practice with your Thai Ridgeback multiple times daily until she will sit up on command and without being shown a treat; give her the rewards only once she has obeyed the command.
Teach Your Thai Ridgeback Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your Thai Ridgeback many other tricks. She now can be taught to beg by waving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she will move in coordination with yours. She also can be taught to salute by moving one paw 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 Thai Ridgeback to submit to being dressed up, do not try to make her wear too many garments at once. Try at first with just a cap. After she gets accustomed to that you can put on a coat and slowly and gradually introduce her to more clothing.
Enjoy "teaching your Thai Ridgeback the sit up trick" and most importantly have fun at the same time!
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