Teaching Standing command to your dog: our advice

The “stand” command can be so helpful for your dog that he will stay in an upright position in some situations. With positive parenting, this sequence can be easily established through three simple steps. Let’s look at how to teach your little companion to respond to the “stand up” command and to maintain this posture.

Why teach the “stand up” command to your dog?

Teaching your dog an order is always beneficial, as it helps to develop and strengthen the relationship between the animal and his master, their complexity and the trust they have in each other. Any learning can motivate the dog, but also to change the exercises and the physical, emotional and psychic mechanisms he or she is mobilized to do so.

Through the teachings, the master can also express his dominant position and establish himself as the leader of the pack in the eyes of his animal. A condition that will respect the dog and that will strengthen his desire to please his master by making him happy.

The “stand” command is useful for teaching your pooch to take a position where he stands on all fours. Ready and alert, the standing position is an intermediate step that can be useful between two other commands, such as going from “descending” to “sitting”, from “sitting” to remembering, and etc. Standing can also be useful in some situations, such as when you need to wear a coat or harness, or to clean it during the shower to speed up your efforts.

Also note that the command “stand up” can be associated with the “stay quiet!” Posture, which instructs the dog to stay. A very useful arrangement to keep the animal in its place if necessary.

How to teach the “stand” command to your dog?

The “stand” command is a basic command that places the dog in a natural position, standing on all fours. However, it is better to teach him the “sit” and “lie down” commands first, which should be fully mastered by your doggie if it is equivalent to the starting positions for this new instruction.

Here are the steps to follow to teach the “stand up” command to your little companion.

Step 1: the “lying down” position

Put a medicine or kibble from your dog in your hand. Your little companion should see this.

Sit facing your dog. Raise your hand over his mouth and command your pooch to sit up, then lie on the ground.

Step 2: the “standing” position

If your dog is lying on the ground, always present your hand with a mouthful of food to him at the length of his muzzle.

Then slowly raise your hand to encourage your little friend to follow the move until he or she is completely straight. When he gets to his feet, tell him “stand up!” so that it accompanies the order of position. Praise him and reward him with food.

If your animal does not respond to the hand movement or if it is not systematic to follow, help it by placing your other hand under its abdomen to lift it slightly while saying “stand up!”. It should inspire action.

If your pooch obeys you, but does not remain in a standing position, you can place your hand under his abdomen to encourage him to maintain the posture.

Step 3: Practice and Take

It is important to repeat the exercise several times a day and on consecutive days. Do short sessions, 10 to 15 minutes at most, but very regularly to facilitate learning and good acquisition of order, without causing fatigue.

In repetitions, present your hand carelessly so that your dog learns to follow the “stand up” command by simply following your hand and the oral command “stand up!”. Slowly, he should be able to stand up to the word “stand up!”. Of course, remember to systematically congratulate her with a caress and in person.

Positive education: the key to successful cat learning

For a few years now, positive education has largely dominated traditional education and it has clearly proven itself. Positive education is based on the principles of kindness, respect, congratulations, encouragement, appreciation of success, patience and resilience.

More clearly, the dog is congratulated when it makes the right move and is encouraged to repeat it thanks to the reward. So the animal is happy to satisfy its master, because their learning relationship is based on trust and respect for each other. It is a question of appreciating accomplishments and ignoring mistakes and bad behavior to encourage the dog to stop it on his own.

This positive technique makes the dog fully involved in his learning, because he is a volunteer. The master is also a top player because he participates in learning by encouraging and rewarding his doggie.

However, the importance of strength should not be forgotten. It’s not a question of being violent, but of simply establishing a common and logical framework and rules that you need to enforce and uphold. Like a small child, the dog needs limits and a healthy framework to develop in a balanced environment every day. So it is a question of establishing these common rules and maintaining them so that he is encouraged to respect them until they are fully united. For example, if you sometimes allow your dog to climb on the couch and you forbid it under other conditions (if your young children are on it or at certain times of the day, etc.), your pet can’t understand why he can climb sometimes and not. For him, this rule has no connection, even if it’s for you. It is better to systematically ban or allow it on all occasions to be consistent and that your dog understands the rule to follow.

The compassionate approach is contrary to the traditional approach based on allowing mistakes. So in fact, over time, the dog doesn’t breed behaviors that are considered bad, but that doesn’t teach him the right behavior to do. Prohibiting your dog from doing his home business will not allow him to learn where to do it. It is better to teach him good manners than to punish mistakes without logic.

Be patient, your dog may need time to understand the instructions. And if he refuses to get up, you don’t have to be stubborn. End the session and start again later, when he is ready. Also, make sure each step is well mastered before proceeding to the next, otherwise you risk going back to square one.

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