The trick ‘Sit Pretty’ is one of my favorite exercises to teach dogs. It is not only an adorable trick, but it has many benefits that make it a must to train. Teaching ‘Sit Pretty’ increases your dog’s balance and body awareness. It also builds your dogs core muscles which protect the spine from injury during dog sports or playing fetch. ‘Sit Pretty’ is a trick for healthy dogs. If your dog has pre-existing injuries, consult a physical therapist to inquire if this trick is safe for your specific dog.
Most dogs do not have the muscles to be able to sit pretty without support, and it can take 2 weeks to over a month to build the muscles. To do this you can practice short sessions of ‘Sit Pretty’ daily until your dog builds up the balance and strength to hold the position.
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