This week's trick is Sit Pretty or Beg. If you have a small dog, skip down to Step Two. If you have a large dog, start at Step One.
Step One: Put your dog in a sit. Go behind him/her, and put your feet against his/her butt. Touch your heels together and form a "V" shape with your feet. Reach to your dog's chest with one of your hands, and hold a treat in front of his/her nose with the other hand. As you bring the treat up and back, apply a slight pressure to your dog's chest to lift their front paws off of the ground. As the front paws leave the ground, give a command(sit pretty or beg) and release the treat. Continue step one until your dog no longer needs your hand on their chest for support. Try having your dog be in the sit pretty/beg position for longer periods of time before you give the treat. Make sure your dog is not putting its front paws on your hand for support. Remember to end the training session on a positive note, before your dog gets bored or frustrated.
Step Two: Put your dog in a sit in front of you. Put your treat to their nose and move it up and back, like you did in step one. Make sure you don't bring the treat too far up, or your dog will jump up onto their hind legs. If your dog does this, put him/her back into a sit position and try again. If your dog is too big and isn't well balanced yet, return to step one and practice some more, letting the dog use your legs as support but stop using your hand on their chest once they no longer need it. You are going to want to work towards putting the lure in front of their face(as shown in Zora's pictures) rather than above their head(as shown in Midget's picture).
Remember, don't let your dog put his/her paws on your hand for support!
Step Three: Once your dog can hold this position for an extended period of time, and once he/she is able to get into the position with the treat in front of their face instead of above it, begin moving the treat away from your dog after you give the command. The goal is to get your dog into the beg/sit pretty position without the use of a food lure. Good luck!