Today’s inspiration comes from Kilo the Pug. I really like seeing dogs posing in the “sit pretty” or “say please” position. We have been working hard to master the “sit pretty” trick and he’s made such a huge improvement.
Last week we featured tips teaching a dog to sit pretty and the video of trainer Taylor and her two dogs, Lottie the Border Collie and rescue dog Grizzly.
Taylor explained that many dogs have to work really hard to learn this trick and showed a few ways to teach it. It takes a lot of core strength for a dog to hold themselves upright in a seated position. For dogs like Kilo and Grizzly who are top heavy and have narrow hips and long backs, this is way more difficult than for Lottie.
The post on How to Train Your Dog To Sit Pretty also featured benefits of and tips for a strong core.
Kilo loves to please me and gets really restless if he doesn’t have some mental and physical challenges during the day. He is food obsessed so learning tricks is really fun for him. We do 5 minutes training using positive reinforcement and 5 minutes play time every 2 hours on average. We have been incorporating core building into play and training for quite a while.
Kilo so far has only been able to perform the “sit pretty” trick leaning against the back of the couch and holding on to my hand. For any dog learning a new trick that may be difficult having a safe spot so they can’t fall and injure themselves is key. Today we worked on comfy carpet to stop his legs splaying out with a couch behind just in case.
After lots of practice and many treats later, Kilo can almost sit pretty. He only needs one paw on my hand for balance and can even hold himself for 2 or 3 seconds occasionally. I’m so proud of him and all his “hard” work. It’s a very inspiring start to the week!