Who doesn’t love a dog that can stand up on its hind legs and maybe do a little dance? I’m sure you’ve seen the video of the dancing Golden Retriever that went viral a few years ago. That was some impressive stuff! While this trick isn’t exactly going to teach your dog how to dance the samba, it’s definitely a step in that direction. This trick is fun and eye-catching and will make the talk of the dog park!
The task for this trick is basically teaching your dog how to stand on its hind legs, maintain it for a determined period of time, and move forward or back on command. Now, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding to teach your dog this trick. One of them is realizing that this position isn’t exactly natural for your dog. Depending on the size of the dog, they might have difficulty staying in an upward position, as it might be uncomfortable, and it also might hurt their joints. If you have a big dog, consider teaching your dog how to “sit pretty” instead, which while similar, won’t affect their joints as much.
If you have a smaller dog, this trick will be much easier for them to do. Smaller dogs have a bigger tendency to stand on their hind legs to reach for things like faces for licking, or counters to eat off of.
Another thing that is important to decide is how long you will want your dog to stay in an upward position and whether or not you want your dog to travel while in that position. Balance is a big part of this trick, so building up the stamina and the balance to stay upward for a long period of time or walking will take some time. Depending on these factors, this trick can take your dog anywhere from 2 to 15 days to learn. Both puppies and adult dogs can learn this trick.
The great thing is that for this trick you won’t need much equipment. Take out your dog’s favorite treat or toy and make sure you have a large space to work with and are distraction-free!