Stand Command

How to Teach a Dog to Stand

Training your dog to stand is helpful during vet exams, for clipping nails, and wiping paws after a muddy walk. Also, knowing at least three commands allows you to change them up during training. Just alternating between down and sit means your dog may not master the signs. He’ll just think if he’s lying down, that next you want him to sit, and vice versa.


Steps for Teaching Stand

  1. Find a quiet familiar place free of distractions.
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  2. Ask your dog to sit.
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  3. Hold a treat near his nose, give the stand command, and slowly bring your hand directly forward and slightly down. Your dog's nose should either point straight out or move slightly lower, but never higher.
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  4. Encourage your dog to go forward by making kissing noises or patting your leg.
    As soon as your dog's bottom is off the floor, lower your hand holding the treat, so it's flush with his chest. Then, move your hand toward his chest slightly, so his nose is pointing toward the floor and his chin drops.
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  5. When your dog is standing squarely, praise him, and give him a treat.

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Practice several times. Once your dog seems to have the hang of it, try starting from a down position.
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