How to Make Your Dog Ask

Woman training dog in kitchen

A adorable dog trick that is reasonably simple to teach a dog is begging. If you don't like the notion of "begging," think of it as teaching your dog to "sit nice," which is to sit with their front paws raised in the air and their back legs on the ground. Your dog will soon be sitting up to beg on cue if you are patient enough.

What You Need

You'll need patience and some undisturbed time. Check to see whether your dog has just fed, used the restroom, and is not distracted. When you start teaching your dog to beg, prepare a few of its favorite treats. Have your clicker on hand if you are clicker training.

Quick Method to Teach Begging

By instructing a dog to sit, you may begin training it to perform this canine trick. Before training your dog to beg, go back and practice on the sit command if it can't be done on demand. Continue teaching your dog when he can sit on demand.

  1. With your , hold a treat at its nose, and give your pooch the command "beg."
  2. As your dog reaches to take the treat in its mouth, slowly raise the treat over its head so that your dog will have to reach up to get it. Pull it up until the dog is sitting on its hind end with the front paws off the floor and held in front in the begging position.
  3. As soon as your dog is in the begging position, tell your dog "good" or click your clicker, and give it a treat.
  4. Repeat these steps several times each day for short training sessions. It won't be long until your dog is begging on command.

Teach Begging in Stages

During the initial training session, some dogs refuse to assume the begging stance. You might need to teach a dog to beg in smaller increments in this situation. Shaping is the name for this kind of training. The clicker may be incredibly effective in modifying behavior.

  1. Begin with your dog sitting.
  2. Hold a treat in front of your dog's nose, and give the dog the command "beg."
  3. Slowly move the treat up so your dog will have to stretch their nose up in the air to reach it.
  4. As soon as your dog lifts its nose in the air, click your clicker or tell it "good," and give it a treat.
  5. Repeat this step several times until your dog is raising its nose in the air every time you give the beg command.
  6. Next, set the bar a little higher. Only click and treat when the nose goes in the air and one of the paws comes slightly off the ground. Repeat this until the dog is doing it consistently every time you give the beg command.
  7. Keep choosing behaviors that bring your dog closer to getting into the begging position. Practice each new behavior until your dog is doing it each time you give the beg command. In this way, you'll slowly train your dog to sit up and beg.
  8. Once your dog has successfully sat up to beg several times in a row, you should only click and treat when your dog gets into that position on command. Practice the beg command for a few minutes several times each day.

Problems and Proofing Behavior

At any point in the training process, if your dog makes a mistake more than twice or three times in a row, go back to a previous phase. Once your dog consistently completes that step correctly, practice it again and start moving gently forward with the training. Once your dog understands the beg command, keep practicing and reinforcing it. Your dog may lose its training if you aren't consistent. Simply start the training over if that occurs.