How to Make Your Dog Stand Straight


Teaching your dog to “stand” when asked is really beneficial. This basic command tells your dog to remain still while standing on all four paws. Learning how to train a dog to stand will be useful when you need your dog to stand up so that it may be checked or groomed, whether by you or someone else. Additionally, it provides a strong basis for more difficult obedience training. Furthermore, it’s essential if you want to show off your dog because many competitions demand that a dog remain still in the face of distractions. Fortunately, teaching your dog this command isn’t too difficult, and most dogs pick it up rather quickly.


Dogs have a reputation for responding to hand signals more faster because they may have an extremely developed sense of body language.

“Sit down” and “Down”

Before teaching your dog to stand on command, it is helpful if he is already accustomed to the sit and down instructions. Even if you’re still working on those, start with “stand”; it’s good practice and can make the other instructions more memorable.

Prepare for training.

Your dog can learn to stand with the help of a few treats. If you’re using clicker training, you’ll also need a clicker. To ensure that your dog can focus on you, choose a place that is quiet and free from any distractions.

Explain “Stand”

Follow these steps to train your dog to stand:

1. Position your dog in front of you, either sitting or lying down.

2. While leaning slightly in front of the dog, hold a treat right in front of its nose.

3. Request that the subject stand.

4. Carefully remove the reward from the animal’s nose while pushing it up toward your hip. Your dog must stand and go after the treat you are holding.

5. As soon as it stands, praise your dog or use your clicker to reward him with a click, then give him the treat.

Apply the Order

You should reward your dog with goodies the first few times you practice the command “stand” if it even slightly moves when standing up. Once the dog gets the hang of it, you may only begin rewarding it with treats when it is standing motionless and upright. You should be able to learn the command “stand” after a few brief training sessions and eventually substitute a hand signal for a reward.

The standard hand signal for persuading a dog to stand up without using a treat is to hold your hand down toward your hip with your palm facing out. Then, command your dog to stand by quickly extending your hand straight backward or out from your side. Even if it still follows your hand, your dog will soon get used to following your commands without rewards.

Increased duration and distance

When the dog continuously stands still and complies with the standing command, widen the space between you and it. Act as follows:

1. After your dog is standing up, move a bit backward.

2. Thank it for not approaching you.

3. Widen the distance till you can step back a bit.

4. Extend the period of time your dog remains motionless at the same time.

5. Begin by holding off on giving out rewards for a few seconds, then 30 seconds, a minute, and finally longer. This is a good way to help your dog develop self-control, which is the basis for successful obedience training.

Problems and Proofing Techniques

If you are having trouble getting your dog to stand up, use these strategies to help.

  • Be the motivator: You can encourage your dog to learn the command by giving it extra praise. Exuberant talking or shaking a toy in front of the dog are two ways that work.
  • Change the starting position from which your dog learns to stand; this is acceptable. If you started with your dog sitting, for example, practice the stand command from the down position. This will teach your dog that standing is a separate activity than sitting.
  • Be succinct: Training sessions should be brief and should end before your dog gets bored. This is especially important for little puppies, who can lose interest or get angry after just five minutes.
  • Conclude on a positive note: To keep your dog’s confidence, end each session on a positive note, even if you have to use a command they already understand pretty well, like sit.
  • Practise: Use distractible settings to show off this tendency. Work your way from your backyard to a public park. In any circumstance, your dog should be focused on you rather than the surroundings.

Help Others to Help Your Dog Learn to Stand

Groomers and vets can help you teach your dog to stand by having you practice the command together. You can also ask a family member or friend to work with your dog for a short period of time if you first show them how to do it. They can do this by copying your behaviors, which will help your dog learn what to do by teaching it that another person is asking the same question of it. At your next session, direct everyone to stand, and your groomer or veterinarian will be impressed with your abilities.