Training your dogs with new tricks, especially to new dog owners, is a wonderful activity and the most effective form of creating bonds between you and your furry buddy. Jo Anne Basinger shares one of the easiest and fun tricks that you can teach your dog for the first time. Here are her useful how-to instructions in training your dog to give paw or a doggy shake:
Start With Holding A Treat Just Above His Nose
Hold a treat on his nose and have your other hand ready for any paw movement when your dog tries to knock the treat out of your hand. Keep in mind that dogs use their paws to grab something that they can’t get. When he moves his paw even just a little bit, then congratulations. That’s a very impressive baby step!
Say “Good!” a Lot of Times
Other than the food, dogs like verbal rewards and a little pat from their owners. Do this every time he puts his paw on your hand.
Shake His Paw After A Few More Successful Tries
After a few more tries and this gets habitual, try shaking your dog’s paw when he puts it on your hand. Be gentle.
Remove The Treats
Take away the treats for a few more tries, but don’t do this all the time because dogs see treats as a reward. If you continually use this treat just as a front all the time, then your furry friend might not be able to do the trick in the succeeding occasions anymore.
Try it With Verbal Communication
Say “Paw” a lot of times, too, indicating that you want his paw on your hand. Sooner or later, your dog will get this as a cue that you want to shake his paw or just have a hold of it.
The secret to making this enjoyable is to keep the training fun and positive for your dog. Resist the temptation to grab your furry baby’s paw and feet all the time. Give him the treats AFTER a successful trick (or a hint of that baby step in the first tip above) because food is a reward for a job well done.
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