Tricks are a fun way to show off how smart your dog is, but they aren’t always easily taught. Indeed, it can be difficult to train your dog to shake paws, but here at HelloCutePup, we’ve come up with some tricks of our own to help you overcome this obstacle!
To learn how to teach your dog to give paw, all you need are a few simple items!
You’re on your way to teaching your dog to give paw! From here on out, you’ll only need to follow a few simple steps!
Start by getting your dog into position with a trick your dog already knows: sit. If your dog hasn’t mastered sit yet, we recommend that you go to this article and teach them that trick before moving on to giving paw.
Have a treat readily available in your hand. Make sure it is visible. This will help to encourage your dog to focus and listen to what you have to say. Try to have the rest of the treats nearby. We’ve found that keeping the treats in a jacket pocket helps.
Once your dog has seen the treat, close your fist over it. This will signify to your dog that they will have to work to earn the treat. Hold your fist close to the dog’s foot to encourage them to raise the paw up to you.
If your dog tries to stand up, pull the treat back and tell your dog to sit again.
If your dog raises his paw – even a little bit – give it the treat. Be sure to emphasize what a good boy dog they are.
Repeat this process again. Be sure to say “paw” slowly and clearly so your dog can start to associate this word with the trick you’re trying to get it to learn.
If your dog bats at your hand (like most dogs will) give it the treat and say ‘good', ‘that’s right’, or a signal word that you normally use to signify that your dog is doing the right thing.
Remember to keep your other hand out flat so you can shake your dog’s paw when he takes the treat.
Gradually space out the treats once your dog begins to catch on to the trick. If your dog is quickly remembering, try giving a treat once every two or three times instead of every time your dog performs the trick right.
That’s it! You’re on your way to teaching your dog how to shake hands! Simply practice daily for 5 – 10 minutes and you and your dog will be on your way to mastering this trick!
I’m Emma, the founder and editor-in-chief at HelloCutePup. I’ve created this blog to not only help guide you through your own pet parenting struggles but to also help you establish a stronger bond with your pet than ever before. Happy reading, and above all, remember to have fun!
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