Tricks AND Treats! It’s time for the annual Trick or Treat Halloween Giveaway Blog Hop! This year’s trick from Sarcastic Dog is How to Teach Your Dog to Shake Paws. (Read on to learn more about the giveaway and visit all the participating blogs listed at the end of the post for multiple chances to enter to win!)
We have just moved to a new neighborhood and a new house with a big fenced-in yard, something we have not had in the past, and the dogs could not be more excited. Seriously… EVERY SINGLE TIME I open the door to the porch that leads to this new bit of heaven on earth they completely forget all their manners, rush past me and tear down the steps tripping over themselves and each, other often skipping a step or two in the process.
Since we moved in, we’ve been working on “sit” and “wait” inside until I open the door and give them the okay to head outside. This is a work in progress and I have been trying to find a way to get them to slow down and engage their brains before they hurl themselves off the stairs. I decided to focus on how to teach them to shake paws as a way of getting them to stop, sit and think. The steps below will help you teach your dog to shake paws.
How to teach your dog to shake paws
Simon already knows “shake”. In fact, once I say “shake” or “paw” the first time, he will keep handing me his paw before I even ask because he knows the treats are forthcoming. (watch the video below – he’s hilarious) I don’t even remember how I taught Simon this trick because it was like ten years ago and I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast so when it came to teaching Piper how to shake, I was starting from scratch.
Here’s an easy and gentle way to teach your dog how to shake paws. Most of the time the dog trick “shake” or “paw” is taught by picking up your dog’s paw in your hand and saying “shake” or “paw” until the dog starts to associate the word with the action. Piper is not a fan of having her paws touched so I had to find another way to teach this particular dog trick .
This is really easy trick to teach and while it will work for any dog, it’s a particularly good method of teaching shake to dogs with sensitive paws. Grab some treats and let’s get started:
Ask your dog to sit.
Gently move your hand from your dog’s shoulder down to the wrist.
As you lift the paw say “shake” or “paw” and offer a delicious treat with the other hand.
Repeat steps 1-3 a few times. Be patient. You may have to do several training sessions where this is as far as you get.
Put your hand out face up and low enough for your dog to reach and say “shake” or “paw”, whichever verbal cue you’ve decided to use, and wait for your dog to place their paw in your hand.
Be consistent with whichever verbal cue you decide to use.
Be patient with moving from step four to five and recognize that you may have to repeat step four in a few training sessions before you are able to successfully conquer step five.
Have some really good treats and start your training sessions with as few distractions as possible.
Not only is this an awesome trick training hop with twenty great tricks from twenty fabulous pet bloggers but it is also an incredible giveaway with AMAZING prizes valued at more than $850 (plus a special exclusive Instagram-only prize coming soon!)
The Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop is sponsored by CleverPet, The Honest Kitchen, Planet Dog, and Health Extension. The opinions and ideas in this post are my own and are uninfluenced by any other person or business. The individual sponsors are responsible for their giveaway prizes including shipping.
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