How to Teach a Dog to Stand (Step-by-Step)

By 22nd September 2017Dog Training
how to teach a dog to stand

In this article, we’re going to show you how to teach a dog to stand.

Teaching a dog to stand is something that most people don’t even think about but it’s a cue that can be useful in a number of situations.

Essentially, the ‘stand’ cue the opposite of sit but it’s to be used in situations when you don’t want her to actually come to you.

It’s ideal when she is at the vets having a medical exam, the dog groomers or as part of other training or games.

Also, if you have a large dog or a dog with joint problems that’s finds it difficult to get up and down the stand cue can replace other cues like sit or lie down.

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How to Teach a Dog to Stand, Step-by-Step

Have your dog stand in front of you and hold a treat out in front of or just below her face. (Don’t hold it above her head as she’ll likely sit)
Once she is standing still and squarely, give her the treat and praise her.
Change your position and call her to you and repeat the process.
Once she is responding consistently add the vocal cue to the action. When she is standing still and squarely, say the word ‘stand’ and give her the treat.
Keep repeating the process until she’s got it.
Now ask her to stand directly. If she co-operates, give her a treat and praise her.
Keep changing your position and asking her to stand without offering a treat. When she responds, praise her.
When she has got it and is responding every time, make it more challenging. Increase the duration for which she’ standing, ask her to stand before going through doorways or at the side of the road while you’re waiting to cross.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning how to a dog to stand is, in theory, quite simple and your pooch should pick it up pretty quickly.

If you’re both struggling though,  here are some frequently asked questions;

“My Dog Stands for a Second and Sits Back Down Again, What Am I Doing Wrong?”

Your puppy sitting back down is pretty common so do worry too much.

In most cases ‘sit’ is the first command to be taught and is the go-to position when your dog is confused about what you want.

When offering a treat to your dog, make sure it’s at nose level or below. Many people raise their hands without realizing it and this naturally puts her in the sit position.

Even if she only stands for a second, praise her. Then build up the duration slowly. She’ll pick it up.

Leave a Comment Below!

So, we’ve shown you how to teach your dog to stand and now it’s your turn.

Have a go and leave a comment below to let us know how you get, or to ask a question.

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