For this one, your dog needs to begin in the sitting position. Of course, a treat is the key to keeping the dog’s attention! Begin by raising the treat above your dog’s head. Whilst doing this move your hand upward and towards your dog’s back. The aim here is to get your dog to move on to his hind legs and as soon as this happens, reward them. Continue this motion, whilst moving the treat higher each time. This should result with your dog standing on the tip of their toes and balancing without your help. Don’t worry if this takes a few more repetitions than other tricks as this is not a natural position for the dog to be in.
Once this has been mastered, it is time to learn how to put the hand signal in. The aim of this trick is to remove the dependence of the treat being above the dog’s head. You can do this by creating a pattern to the way that you are teaching them. So, for the first two times you perform the trick, continue to do so using the treat. The third time perform it by using your chosen hand signal. For each success, reward the dog afterwards and be particularly enthusiastic.
The final step is to add a verbal command. The easiest way to do this is to deliver your command just before your give the hand signal. With repetition and rewards the dog will soon learn to associate the command with the hand signal. Furthermore, they will associate both with raising onto their back legs. Creating a consistent pattern will set the dog up for success with this trick nicely. In time you will be able to deliver the command from further distances.