Stands on two legs or jumps
- When you lift the treat, lower it a bit if you notice the dog is starting to stand up or jump. That generally indicates that the treat is just a little too high and they feel they need to stand up instead to reach it.
- You can always have your dog stand up first and then lower the treat down to encourage them to sit and settle back on their haunches.
Only raised one paw or couldn’t stay sitting when both paws were up
- If your dog is having trouble balancing on their back legs, you can try offering your leg or arm to help them initially balance.
- Once they settle comfortably with their paws upon your arm/leg you can try gently sliding out from under 1 of their paws and click/treat the moment that paw is hanging freely!
- Eventually, progress to sliding out from under both paws once they are balanced with 1 paw hanging freely.