Training your small dog to sit on his hind legs is a fun trick. Some dogs often use sitting on their hind legs to beg or to say please when they want something. There's not much cuter than a small dog backing up, sitting down on his hind legs, and lifting up his front legs to ask you if he can have something. Imagine your little guy saying, ‘Please, can I have that treat?’ by sitting on his hind legs.
When your small dog sits back on his hind legs in a begging position, you can also call this "sitting pretty". So when your dog wants something you can ask him to 'sit pretty' first before he gets what he wants. This is a fun trick and reminds not only you, but also anyone who knows your dog, how incredibly cute your little guy is. Eventually, he will just begin to sit pretty on his own in order to earn special things like treats or even a good pet behind the ears.
Teaching your small dog to sit up on his hind legs with his front paws in the air is a position that will come easily for your little guy. This is a natural position, especially for small dogs, to sit and raise his front paws while asking permission or asking for something special. It's a cute trick that won't take you a whole lot of time to train your dog to do. You can teach your young puppy to sit on his hind legs or an older dog to sit on his hind legs. Just a few short training sessions with repetition, showing your dog how you expect him to sit, and what he gets for it in the form of a reward, will teach your little guy your expectations.
This is a trick you're going to want to schedule time to practice. As your small dog gets used to doing this trick more and more, you can ask him to do it as an expectation before he earns a treat. While you're training, be sure to have lots of treats on hand to reward your little guy. Keep your training sessions fairly short and engaging but make them often, so he remembers how to do this cute little trick.