How To Train A Dog To Stand Tall

How To Train A Dog To Stand Tall

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

A great trick that can be physically taxing for older or less fit dogs, this trick is for the fittest and most physically capable of canines. For this trick your dog will learn to stand on his rear legs.

  1. You will need some treats and a non-shiny floor surface to teach this trick. It is important that your dog doesn’t slip as he will lose confidence to attempt the trick a second time.
  2. Hold a treat in the air above your dog’s head.
  3. When he gets onto his back legs to get the treat reinforce the position and reward him with the treat.
  4. Gradually increase the amount of time that your dog stands tall by gently withholding the treat, introduce the command word whilst he is in position and eventually bring it forward to prompt the trick.

Top tip; if your dog can reach the treat in your hand when standing tall you may want to stand on a box in order to increase his motivation.

Dog trainers love this trick because it improves a dog’s stamina and focus.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.