Teaching your dog to sit on his back legs can be a fun position to ask him to say please, to beg, or to sit pretty. This is a command you can teach your dog when you know he wants something. It can be a polite way of saying ‘please, may I have this,’ and it can also be a cute way of asking for whatever it is he would like to have. You can also teach your dog to sit on his hind legs as a greeting when he meets people. If he sits on his hind legs with his front paws up in the air, he is simply saying hello to his new friend and asking in a polite manner to be pet or acknowledged.
No matter how you use this command with your little guy, it is sure to get smiles and laughs from anyone who watches your puppy sit on his back legs. As he grows this will become a habit and a trick he does when asking for something or saying hello.
Before you teach your puppy to sit on his back legs, go through a solid round of basic obedience commands first. Your little guy should know how to sit, how to lie down on command, how to stay, and the 'come' or release command. Training him to sit on his back legs will start with the 'sit' command. Once he is sitting he will need to rise up, so he's not sitting on his bottom but is rather sitting on his back feet. Some dogs bring their front paws all the way up into the air and shake hands or wave their paws. Other dogs sit very still in a 'sit pretty' position waiting for their reward. Engaging with your puppy and turning opportunities into learning moments, such as when you are feeding meals to your little guy, will help him learn this trick easily. If you want to use this to say hello to people, begin to use it as a greeting.
Other than having your dog well-trained for the basic obedience commands, your puppy should be ready to learn how to sit on his back legs at any time during other training sessions. Make sure you have some treats for rewards and to use them to entice him to stand up slightly on his legs and get off of his bottom. Keep these sessions short yet rewarding.