Sit Up Buddy - Train Your Dog To Sit Like You

Carl J Johnson By Carl J Johnson, 18th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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It is easy to teach the skill of “sitting up” to small dogs, but one should not try to cover it in a large dog’s education as it is difficult for them to maintain their balance.

The exercise of sitting up is one of the first tricks to teach and forms the groundwork for many other dog tricks.

It Is Difficult For Them To Keep Their Balance

The habit of “sitting up” is one of the first tricks to teach and forms the groundwork for many other dog tricks. Train a dog to sit up, prepare some treats as a reward, and set your dog on his haunches in a corner, so that he cannot fall either backward or sideways and has extremely small or no room to lose balance.

Keep him from pitching forward by holding one hand under his chin and with the other hand hold the treat above his nose and keep repeating distinctly and deliberately say, “sit up.” Do not make him sit up too long at any one time, but repeat the lesson frequently and reward him often with plentiful of praise and treats.

Constant Repetition Will Make Him Sit Up

He will require considerable assistance during the first lesson from your hand to stop him from pitching forward. As he gets control of the balancing muscles and understands what you want, he will depend less and less upon your help to keep him in place. Gradually you can give him less assistance. One hand in place is enough two or three inches from his neck or chin. You have to be prepared to stop him pitching forward. Later on you can remove this hand entirely and just take the treat just above the level of his head.

Constant repetition will make him sit up well after you set him up. Then he should be set up against the wall, so as to afford him a base for his back only. After he has learned this at this and can keep his position clearly, practice him against chair legs. You can also try to use cushions or other objects that give him less and less support. He learns ultimately to maintain his balance and sits up without anything to lean against.

The Final Lesson

He has heard the words “sit up” by frequent repetition. The final session teaches him to sit up as soon as he hears the words. The chances are, if you ave drilled him diligently, it will be required only to call him out in the room, show him a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say “sit up” and he will do so, when he should be given the treat while still in place.

The only necessity to perfection is to practice him several times a day until he will sit up at the word and without being shown a prize; that can be given him after he has obeyed.

Teaching Him To Bring One Paw Up

You have now a basis for many other tricks. He can be taught to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of his paws, which he will move in unison with yours. He can also be taught to salute by bringing one paw up to the side of his head, or to apply a wooden pipe in his mouth, or to wear a cap on his head or other articles of wearing apparel.

Enjoy teaching your dog the “sit up” trick and most importantly have fun along the way!


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Born in Turku, Finland. Now living Sweden. A criminal defence lawyer for almost 40 years. Now retired. Fond of writing and reading. Spears. Swedish, Finnish, German and English.

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