There is nothing in the makeup of most dogs that would give them cause to walk sideways. It is not a movement that comes naturally to your pup. But, there is nothing that says you can't teach your pup to walk sideways once he has mastered the basic commands. It's a great trick for your pup to add to his current repertoire and an even better way for the two of you to show off what you can do. Because you will be asking your pup to move in a way that does not come naturally, this trick will take a while for your pup to master.
The good news, your pup will always have one thing on his mind, this is pleasing you. Be patient and gentle, never punish your pup if he gets any stage of the training wrong. Just be prepared to go back a step and keep working with him until he gets it right.
The task at hand is to teach your pup to walk sideways or "sidestep". This is mostly just a fun trick for your pup to master. Since this motion does not come naturally to them, the movements can look a little humorous in certain breeds. However, keep in mind that if you have a dog whose breed is prone to issues such as hip dysplasia, you should check with your vet to make sure it is safe to teach your pup this trick.
This trick can be hard to teach and as such may take longer than many others and should only be practiced for a few minutes at a time to help avoid the risk of injury. Keep it short, keep it simple, and most of all keep it fun and you will both have a great time!
The one big thing you need to do before you start training your dog walk sideways is to have a nice quiet place to train. As challenging as this training can be, the fewer distractions there are the better. The only other things you are likely to need include:
The big thing about training your pup to sidestep is that it is not easy for some breeds to be very gentle and if your pup shows any signs of discomfort, be sure to take him to see his vet. Stop all training immediately to avoid the risk of serious injury.