Weekly Trick – Beg
Here is a fairly easy trick that your dog should enjoy doing not only for treats, but when friends come over. Surely they will like to show off for your friends how smart they are!
You want to have some treats, which you should give in moderation. Also time and patience. Do tricks in short sessions, as your dog’s attention span isn’t long. Have a target stick to make it easier for your dog to know what you want.
First you want to get them to move upward and any upward movement should be met with a treat.
Keep moving the treat up higher and higher as your dog learns to move upward.
Then, once you have reached the desired height, you will want to hold the position for a short amount of time.
Then add the verbal cue “beg”.
After a while, once you think your dog understands what you are looking for, you can stop using the target stick.
Then you will want to just use the verbal cue “beg”.
Now your dog should be able to stand up and beg.
You may be able to teach your dog to go even more advanced and clap their paws together in a begging motion. That will take time and your own ideas as to how to get your dog to perform this. I have been trying to work with Sasha to teach her to clap her paws together while in the beg position, she is learning slowly.