Comes forward instead of standing
Stay close to your dog when first teaching this command and lure at a short distance. Stand a step away from the dog.
Probably, you are holding the treat above their head. Make sure you hold the treat at the height of your dog's nose if luring.
Sits immediately after standing up
- Hold a clicker in one hand and a super tasty, strong-smelling treat in another. Stand a few steps away from your dog and pull the treat very slowly from the dog’s nose towards your legs in a straight line. Do not wave your hand back and forth. As SOON as the dog’s back is horizontal, click and give a treat before the dog has a chance to sit down. It is crucial to deliver the treat before your dog sits down. For a start, it is ok, if your dog bends the legs a bit. If your dog keeps standing, deliver a few treats in a row to encourage them to maintain the standing position.
- If you can get your dog to stand for a second, quickly reward with a treat, then press lightly on the dog's back, at the shoulder blades. The dog will brace to meet the pressure, which keeps them in the standing position.
- Another suggestion would be once the dog stands up to put your hand on the floor under the belly, so your dog doesn’t feel like sitting down.
Most common mistakes
- Luring the stand command at a large distance where your dog is getting up to stand and walking extra steps to get the treat.
- Praising for coming towards you rather than standing in place.
- Trying to teach the stand command without teaching sit and down first.
1) Have your dog in a sit or a down position.
2) Present a tasteful treat in front of your dog’s nose and lure it out at the distance of where the nose would be when standing. Do not lure past the point of where the nose would be when standing.
3) If your dog does not stand, wiggle the treat around, speak with an exciting voice to encourage and entice your dog to stand up to get the treat. If your dog is toy motivated, jiggle the toy around to encourage your dog to stand to get the toy.
4) Once your dog stands up, immediately mark the behavior with a click, “Yes”, or “Good”.
5) Repetitively practice the three positions, Sit, Down, and Stand in different random sequences.
6) Once your dog is good at standing with a lured technique, start to add in the verbal command “Stand” as well as a hand signal.