Have you ever been to the circus and watched the little dogs walk around on their hind legs? They dance with one another, push mini baby carriages, and generally impress and delight the crowd. There is something very funny and cute about it. Perhaps you have never seen such an act before but you have watched a Canine Freestyle competition, where an athletic Border Collie balanced on her hind legs and awed the crowd with her walking and dancing skills. She moved in rhythm with her owner and held the trick for an impressive amount of time. The impression stuck with you, and made you want to teach your own pup such a trick.
Teaching your puppy to "Stand Tall" is a lot of fun. Your pup can really show off her skills with this trick, and teaching this trick is the first step in teaching your pup how to walk on her hind legs. Just like the circus dogs or the dancing Border Collie, your pup can likely learn this trick with your help.
The difficulty of this trick will mostly depend on your puppy's own athleticism and balance. Some puppies will naturally have an easier time balancing on their hind legs than others will. Generally, you can expect this trick to take between two and four weeks to train. If your puppy is not naturally built for exercises that require balance, or if he is heavier set or has short legs, then this trick might take longer for him. Be patient with your puppy and do not rush him. Your puppy will probably need time to build up the necessary muscles required to stand on his hind legs, and that will take practice overtime.
Be careful while teaching your puppy this. If your puppy is less than one year of age, then his joints and bones will still be growing and he will be much more prone to injury. Minimize any jumping as much as possible, and while you are practicing this be careful not to let your puppy fall backwards. Also, only practice this on a surface that has good traction and is not slippery, such as an area with carpet or grass.
To get started you will need lots of tasty, easy to eat treats. You will also need a calm location with good traction on the floor, such as a carpeted or grassy area--as well as patience, awareness of your puppy's abilities, and a positive attitude and willingness to have fun.
If you are using the "Tempt" method, then you will also need good balance and the ability to stay standing with your puppy's weight against you. If you are using the "Tug" method", then you will need a long tug toy that your puppy loves and a stable wall in your calm location.