Ever see those adorable photos or videos of dogs sitting back on their hind legs and wonder how to get your dog to "beg" or "sit pretty" like that? Well, here's how!
To start, I recommend grabbing some training treats your dog likes and your training clicker. You'll want your dog to be seated for this. Starting off close to a wall can be helpful as well. That way, your dog can lean against it if he feels it will help him balance.
Once you are close to a wall and your dog is sitting, take a treat and hold it slightly above your dog's nose. If your dog jumps up for the treat and onto his standing completely up - simply get him to sit and try again. What we are aiming for here is for your dog to only lift up his front legs. Holding up his paws to help him balance is a great way to catch the behavior you want to see.
I would work on this until you feel confident in your dog's ability to balance on his hind legs while you hold both or one of his paws up. Once you've accomplished this, I would push your dog to do it on his own by letting go of his legs while hovering the treat above his nose still. If your dog is able to sit on his hind legs briefly without assistance I would reward him with a click and a treat or two! This way he knows exactly what you're looking for. You can then begin working on how long your dog can hold himself up in the position.
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