1. Sit and Down to Stands
So you're probably wondering what's so special about a sit to stand or a down to stand.. what's not to love?!
Back to basics:
If your dog doesn't know how to sit (and I mean a proper square sit where their hindlimbs are underneath them) then this is where you're going to want to start.
It's important that your dog can sit square with all their joints in line (i.e facing the correct direction not pointing off to the side) this is because not having joints in the correct direction puts extra stress on our dogs muscles and ligaments making them more likely to get injured.
So something as simple as a sit can be quite a complex exercise for young dogs.
Once you've mastered the sit it's time to progress to the down position.
Again your down should be a square down so you're aiming for the hindlimbs to stay in the same position as they are in the sit and your dog's forelimbs should just come down to the ground.
So what's next:
Once you've got your sit and down nailed on their own it's time to introduce a stand command to bring your dog back up to a square stand (bit of a theme here? 🤣).
The aim here is to get your dog really using their hindlimbs and pushing up from the sit or down without moving their forelimbs at all!!
Why am I doing sit or down to stands?
So many reasons! But here are the main ones-
Improve limb range of movement
Increase hindlimb muscle mass and strength
Increase core strength... need more help with this? Check out our core conditioning guide
Improve proprioception and awareness of where their feet and body are in space
Make you and your dogs bond stronger
Decrease the stress of vet/therapist exams
Make your everyday life simpler
So what are you waiting for?