Indeed, juggling a small dog in your arms, while carrying a heavy bag and fumbling for the car keys, is a feat of multi-tasking that is going to end badly one way or another. Better by far is to have a well-trained dog. Imagine the ease of having your pet pooch wait for the car door to open and jump in obediently on the "Up" command. But this isn't just a flight of fancy because, with a little planning and practice, you too can be the proud pet parent of such a miraculous animal.
All dogs learn at their own pace, so take your time and be patient with the dog. Be sure to reward the small victories and ignore the failed attempts. It is never appropriate to punish the dog if he fails to jump up as required. Instead, think about why he might not have complied, such as the training session being too long or there being distractions in the room. The object should always be to make the training fun, rather than onerous, since this is the best way to have a happy, co-operative pet partner.
You will teach the dog in stages, depending on the method chosen. Start in a quiet room, free from distractions. Once the dog becomes accomplished at one step, then move onto the next. If at any stage the dog is struggling to comply then move back a step to reinforce what the dog already knows.
The training sessions should be fun for both you and the dog. Don't overlook using play as a reward when the dog does well, such as incorporating a game of tug into a successful "Up" onto a step. This way, the dog will work hard to do what's commanded in anticipation of a game at the end.You will need: