Most people have seen a dog beg at one time or another. They sit very cute on their bottom with their front legs tucked into their chest. Usually a dog is begging for food or a treat.
While this is a very fun trick to treat your dog, it isn’t for all dog breeds. Depending on the structure of your dog’s body, some breeds have trouble being in the beg position. Also, older dogs really have trouble keeping their balance with the beg position. Okay, now that we know who this trick might not be fit for, let’s get started!
Start your dog trick training sessions in 5 minute or less intervals. No matter what training method you are using, dogs have short attention spans and get distracted easily. We want you to be able to hold your dog’s attention while learning this new skill.
- Use your dog obedience training and command your dog to “sit” in front of you.
- Hold your dog’s favorite treat just above his head.
- As soon as your dog begins to move up toward the treat reward your dog. If your dog is clicker trained then this would be your opportunity to click and treat. If your dog does not use a clicker, then go ahead and use the treat here as a reward.
- The next step is going to require your dog to move up a little higher to reach the treat. Make sure not to hold the treat up too high, because your dog will likely leave the sitting position and extend his back legs in order to reach the treat. You want your dog to simply move slightly on his haunches to reach the treat.
Also, if your dog is having a hard with balance in the beg position you could try your training sessions against a wall or in a corner.
- Continue to follow the steps outlined above, but this time extend the time that your dog remains in the beg position for 2 seconds. His front paws should naturally be in the beg position as he come up. Make sure to watch his form. Then click and treat.
- It is time to add in your verbal cue word “beg.” Just before you show your dog the treat to begin the beg trick, say “beg.” If you would like to use another word that is fine too, just make sure that you are consistent with your command word.
- We are now ready to eliminate the treat. This is a little tricky with this series of training, because most of the time when you are asking your dog to beg in the future, it will be for some type of doggie treat. However, we want your dog to be able to perform the trick on the cue alone, and not only because there is a visible treat. Begin by placing the treat in a closed fist, so your dog can’t see the treat. Eventually, you can remove the treat all together.
- After we eliminate the treat, we want to get your dog use to performing the beg trick solely with the trigger word of “beg.” Remove all hands, treat, and clickers.
The beg trick is a great trick to perform with your dog, but I do want to warn you. Sometimes once a dog learns this trick, they do it all the time, especially at the dinner table. My grandparents beagle, Sammy, use to sit and howl and beg at the corner of the dinner table every night. He was not fed table food ever, but he never really wanted to accept that, so night after night he would sit and beg. If you do run into a problem like this, do not reinforce your dog to beg. Move onto another trick, and do not use your cue word anymore.
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