How to Teach a Dog to Beg

How to Teach a Dog to Beg
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How to Teach a Dog to Beg is similar to the SIT PRETTY trick, but with their paws higher than SIT PRETTY.

Older and out of shape or big dogs may have an issue with this trick. You know your dog best, so you make the right call. SIT is a good prerequisite.

At the end of this trick, you want your dog to be in a sitting up position and waiting until you call them off. You can use an OK or other term of your choosing for this.


Get on the ground on your knees facing your seated dog. Use the ”SIT” command if needed.

At this point, you want your dog to be calmly seated in front of you. If they are a little hyper, take them for a walk to burn off some energy.

Once you get in this position with your pup, it’s onto step 2…


Slowly move a treat straight up from in front of your dog’s mouth. As they lift their front paws off the ground to follow, say “BEG,” PRAISE and REWARD them.

Your goal in this step is to get your dog to start lifting their feet off the ground while keeping their bottom on the ground.

You also want to begin associating the “BEG” command to this trick so they know what’s expected in the future.


Keep working with your dog, making it harder to earn a treat until they sit with their bottom on the ground and paws up in air. Consistently say, “BEG” each time and PRAISE and REWARD them when they get it right.

This step is reinforcing what they learned and then getting them to hold the position longer.


Work toward just saying “BEG” for them to take action. This is a great trick but might take a little while for them to get it wired.

This final part of How to Teach a Dog to Beg gets to your ultimate goal. Your dog should be able to understand the command and get into position quickly.

We have more cool dog tricks any owner can teach their pet.

We’d love to hear how your experience is going. Please drop a comment below with your successes and challenges.

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Steve Larrivee

Steve Larrivee

As a dog lover since his youth, Steve Co-Founded Athenas Pets with his son Kevin to promote dog training to the masses. Athenas Pets, focuses on training products and providing the "know-how" so the average dog owner can train their dog like a pro.

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