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How to Teach Your Dog to Beg

It's easy to teach an old dog – or a young one – new tricks, especially if he has already learned such basics as "stay" and "sit."


  • : Before you begin, have your vet check that your dog doesn't have hip or orthopedic problems that begging could aggravate.
  • Step 1: Tell your dog to sit and to stay. Keep them in that position for a few moments.
  • Step 2: With your dog in the sit–stay position, hold a treat above the dog's nose and say, "Beg."
  • TIP: Give all commands in a strong, assertive voice. Don't hit or yell at your dog for not responding properly.
  • Step 3: Correct the dog if they jump for the treat. Pull the treat away and firmly say, "No."
  • TIP: Training sessions should be no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Step 4: Give the dog praise and a treat when they respond to "Beg" by sitting on their hind legs and balancing with both paws up.
  • TIP: Help your dog balance by supporting their back with your hand if they need extra help.
  • Step 5: Practice the new trick. Your dog will be eager to show it off!
  • FACT: Sweet Pea, a border collie and German shepherd mix, holds a Guinness record for jumping rope 75 times in one minute.

You Will Need

  • A dog that can sit and stay on command
  • Dog treats

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