Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
Excerpt from Our New
Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
The Beg is another classic trick. This can come in handy for dogs that are stubborn with other commands, because it’s an easy natural behavior to 'capture.' You can just wait for the dog to stand up on her hind legs, say the word "Beg" and then click and reward her. Eventually she’ll learn to Beg on command, and this can lay the groundwork for teaching other commands. It’s also a handy trick if you want to teach your dog the Dance move.
If you want to teach this move quickly though, here’s the method:
1. You can start with your dog sitting or standing. Hold a treat up above her head.
2. The treat should be positioned so that when she stands up on her hind legs, it’s just in front of her face so she doesn’t have to move around.
3. When she does the movement, click and reward.
4. Repeat this until she shows the behavior consistently.
5. Start introducing the verbal command "Beg" before you hold the treat out for her. Keep repeating this, using jackpots and random rewards, until she can Beg on command.
Note this is not the same as the Dance command. With Beg, the dog is standing in one spot with her front paws held up. In the Dance trick she’s on her hind legs moving around.
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