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  A standing Vizsla.

Teaching "Stand"
or "Stand Up"

Video
Watch it!

 

Why does a dog need to learn to stand?

It is easier to brush him when he is standing. It is also helpful for your dog to stand up and stay still while a veterinarian looks at him when he is ill. Bathtime is also easier with a dog who is standing!

Veterinarian, a dog, and two kids looking on.

 

If your dog is lying down, gently slide your hand under his belly until he starts to stand up.

As soon as he starts to move, say "Stand" and tell him what a terrific dog he is. Tell him, "Good boy, stand.", "What a good boy, you can stand!"

•If your dog is sitting, you can slide your hand under his belly like above, or you can start by facing your dog, holding a favorite treat. As you step back, your dog will most likely stand up to try to reach the treat. As he does, praise him and say, "Good boy, stand".

You may need to keep your hand under your dog's belly until he is standing up and steady. He only needs to stay in this position for a couple of seconds.


 

When you watch the video of Bailey learning to stand, you'll see that Bailey was already standing, so the key is to make him stand still and learn the word, Stand. If you slowly put your hand under your dog's belly, this will make him stop moving. Move and talk slowly so your dog stays calm.

If you're interest in learning to show your dog, teaching him to stand is very important. While your dog is standing, the judge will check his coat, teeth, and general health. The judge will also see that you have a very well-behaved dog. Smooth collie standing at a dog show.

 

 

After your dog understands the 'stand' command,
teach him to stay while he is standing:

• Have your dog stand; make sure he is standing comfortably by checking his legs. Put the palm of your hand in front of his face and say "Stay". Step away using your right foot.

You should always leave your dog using your right foot. Take only one or two steps, turn and stand right in front of your dog. Praise him quietly while he is doing what you want.

You may repeat the word 'stay' a couple of times. Say it in a normal voice. Wait only a few seconds and then return to your dog's side.

When you finish, say "OK!".

 

A standing Golden.

Dogs can stay in a standing position!

For more help on getting your dog to stay
while he is standing, read about teaching the STAY.

 

If you love to photograph your dog, teaching him to stand and stay is a really good thing. You can ask him to stand and stay almost anywhere and you'll get a gorgeous photo of your dog. Beautiful standard poodle.

 

goofy dog icon

Why are terriers such poor dancers?

They have 2 left feet!

Rusty's Ridiculous Riddles

Thank you to Elizabeth, age 9, Washington USA for this fun riddle!

 

Video
Watch it again. Teach your dog to stand!

 

 

Always make training time a fun experience. You and your dog will be more likely to enjoy it and look forward to your next lesson.
Chihuahua dog

 

 

       

 

 
Obedience Lessons
Getting Started
Sit
Come
Stay
Lie Down
Wait
Walk on a Leash
Better Go Now
Off
Stand
Leave It
Watch Me
Be Gentle
Move, Please
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