How to Teach a Dog to Sit Pretty

How to Teach a Dog to Sit Pretty
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How to Teach a Dog to Sit Pretty is when your dog has their bottom on the ground and front paws in air in front of them.

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.

The dog SIT trick is a good prerequisite since your dog will start in this position.


Get on the ground facing your seated dog. You can use the sit command or any other way to get your dog in this position.

If you use the SIT command, make sure you do NOT praise or reward your dog.

The reason for this is you want your dog to do more and not be satisfied with just the sit trick.


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

The purpose of this step is to get your dog to raise its front paws while keeping its bottom on the ground.

You want to praise and reward progress made. Over time, you make it more difficult to win your praise and a tasty treat.


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

It takes a little work, but this is not a terribly hard trick. You are not putting too much pressure on their hind legs since they have their bottom on the ground.


Work toward just saying “SIT PRETTY” for them to take action. This is a fun trick.

Patience and consistency will get this trick under your belt. Keep up the training…

Here are many more tricks to teach your dog.

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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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