You might not hear much about the stand position, but don't let that get you to thinking it's not an extremely useful skill.

The challenge with stand is it's just a wee bit harder to teach than sit and down and if you really squint you can imagine a life where your pup doesn't need to learn to stand on cue. Among the "might save your dog's life someday" skills it doesn't really rank highly.

However, it has a number of uses in non-life threatening situations such as when:

  • You want to brush your dog but she's currently lying down
  • You're at the vet and you need your pup to stand so she can be examined
  • You have a soggy dog just out of the shower who wants to lay down instead of letting you towel her off
  • You want to teach another skill, like hand targets, and it's easier to start from a stand

This course covers the basics of stand. It shows you how to take a pup sitting politely and get him up on all fours without (much) forward movement. One could get particular about exactly how a dog stands, whether he pushes up with his front legs or back legs, and there's certainly some fun in that, but unless you plan to participate in an obedience competition some time soon, this course is going to take you where you want to go.

Let's get started.

What Your Pup Will Learn

  • How to get into the stand position from a sit
  • How to hold the stand position
  • A word that means "stand"
  • Actually, that same word will mean "stand and stay"
  • A word that means "you can stop holding the stand"

What You Will Learn

  • The difference between a cued stand and a default stand and when to use each
  • The difference between an explicit verbal cue "stay" and an implied stay and why Harper prefers the implied stay
  • Release cues and how to use them so your pup understands them