Teaching your dog to “beg” or “sit pretty” is a relatively simple trick you can teach your dog for fun. The begging trick is different from your dog's natural begging behavior at a table for “people” food, as it is an on-demand, trained behavior. Not only is this trick cute, but it strengthens your dog's core muscles, improves balance, and provides a good stretch for back muscles, all of which can help prevent injuries in other activities such as agility, play or sporting activities. To sit pretty or beg, your dog balances on his hind legs with his upper body upright and front legs curled in front of him. If your dog has an orthopedic condition, or has a long body like a dachshund or corgi, check with your veterinarian whether this trick is appropriate for them to learn, and will not further aggravate their condition or put stress on joints, bones, and muscles. If your dog is physically cleared to perform this trick, it can be lots of fun and entertainment for you and your friends when they see what a clever dog you have!