How to teach your dog to shake paws 

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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. 

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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 . 

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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:

Step One

Ask your dog to sit. 

How to teach your dog to shake paws and win prizes in a Halloween giveaway

Step Two

Gently move your hand from your dog’s shoulder down to the wrist.

How to teach your dog to shake paws and win prizes in a Halloween giveaway

Step Three

As you lift the paw say “shake” or “paw” and offer a delicious treat with the other hand. 

 

Step Four

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. 

 

Step Five

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.

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Tips:

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.

 

 

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Alison Reder

148 Comments

  1. Will G October 20, 2017 at 4:35 am - Reply

    My dog does not know this trick.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Give it a try, Will. Seriously, it’s a super easy way to learn this one.

  2. Molly October 20, 2017 at 5:12 am - Reply

    My dog can do this trick. Although I was told you should never teach your dog this because it makes them really pawy.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Molly! I never heard that. I was always told that teaching your dog to get comfortable with having their paws touched was good for things like nail trims and checking pads. I haven’t experienced any of my dogs pawing more or being more demanding with their paws.

  3. Dianne H. October 20, 2017 at 6:35 am - Reply

    My dog already knew this trick when we adopted her at age 5.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      That’s awesome! My dogs don’t know many tricks but it’s actually kind of fun working with them. It’s definitely good mental stimulation for them even if they don’t quite master the trick. 🙂

  4. Bryn Nowell October 20, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

    LOVE THIS! Such a great way to teach a dog who doesn’t like their paws touched. While it’s fun, it’s also useful for medical purposes, like checking paw pads for cracks and and for trimming nails. Thanks for sharing this post and GREAT VIDEO!!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks! The next step for Piper is going to be the nail trimming. Right now, if I try to trim her nails, she goes into full on diva mode and throws a fit! 😉

  5. Christine Aiello October 20, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Yes Coco knows how to shake and I taught her the same way.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      That’s awesome! I’m glad this method worked for Coco too! It’s been great for Piper 🙂

  6. Rachel Monn October 20, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

    we don’t know this trick but my doorman has been trying to teach her! i will let him know about these tips!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      I love that your doorman is trying to work with your dog! Please show him the video and let me know if this method works!

  7. Scott Davis October 20, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

    My dog gives “paw” and then “other paw”. If it’s a REALLY good treat, he’ll give you both at once.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      HAHA! That’s kind of like Simon! Once he knows we’re working on “paw” or “shake” he just offers it up before I say anything. I haven’t tried “other paw” yet so maybe that will be the next trick we work on. 🙂

  8. sherry butcher October 20, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Blackie is 14 year old and I have not spent much time teaching him new tricks. Thanks for sharing you training.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Honestly, my dogs don’t know a ton of tricks but trick training is really good mental exercise for dogs. You can teach an old dog new tricks 😉

  9. Jason Diehl October 20, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

    my pups are not a fan of trying to shake, we’ve tried but it never worked out well

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      If you try this method, let me know how it goes.

  10. Heather D October 20, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

    You have such good looking dogs. My dog does not know this trick. She really doesnt like her paws touched.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I think they’re pretty cute 😉 Piper throws an absolute fit when anyone tries to touch her paws so I feel your pain. Try this method of learning to shake and then slowly work your way up to holding her paw for longer periods of time and massaging her toes. It’ll take some time but it’s really worth the effort to get your pup comfortable with paw touching.

  11. Jodi Stone October 20, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Delilah will hand you her paw when you pull out the nail clippers. Don’t ask me how, because I did not teach her this. LOL Good job with Piper, it looks like you have found a way she’s comfortable with.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Seriously?!? How jealous am I? Piper throws an absolute conniption fit if I even try to trim her nails. One time when she had to go under light sedation for a radiograph, I asked them to trim her nails and they said that even being partially sedated, Piper still tried to pull her paw away! Please send Delilah to teach Piper 😉

      • Jodi October 23, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

        Oh, that just makes me so sad. Poor Piper!

        I think it helps that her nails have a natural curve to them, so they are pretty easy to trim.

        • Alison Reder
          Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

          It really is sad. We had tried all of the recommended paw touching things to help her get comfortable as a puppy but I sometimes wonder if the fact that she has some conformation issues in her front paws and elbows if she experiences additional discomfort with the nail trimming process.

  12. Spencer the Goldendoodle October 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Great post and I love your video! What a wonderful way to work with dogs who don’t like their feet touched! River isn’t a fan of having her paws touched, we are going to try this way! 🙂

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I think the combination of the distraction of the treat while gently touching her shoulder, leg and wrist first helps a great deal. Good luck with River! 🙂

  13. Rachel October 20, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    My dog doesn’t know this trick. I wish she did!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Rachel – this is a super easy trick to teach. Watch the video and give it a try. Let me know if you have any questions!

  14. Tammy Horn October 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Yes, my dogs know this trick. We teach it by marking and rewarding the behavior when offered.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      That’s awesome!

  15. Melody October 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Yes we know this trick 🙂

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Great! It’s a good one to know. 🙂

  16. allison hoffman October 20, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    my dog knows shake

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      That’s awesome!

  17. Cheryl Chervitz October 20, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Finally, a trick my dogs know! I did teach it basically the same way.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Awesome! Don’t feel bad, my dogs only know like one and a half tricks 😉

  18. Melissa Storms October 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    My dog does know this trick. I taught her very similarly to your technique. I was surprised at how quickly she picked it up because she does not like having her paws touched.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      So may dogs really dislike having their paws touched, which makes nail trimming particularly challenging 😉 I’m glad to know this technique works for others.

  19. Susan P. October 21, 2017 at 3:31 am - Reply

    This is one of the few tricks that my dog knows.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Simon and Piper don’t have many tricks in their tool box either 😉

  20. Kathy Kramer Weir October 21, 2017 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    We learned this one!!!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Yay! It was definitely a struggle with Piper but she finally got it!:-)

  21. Barrie October 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    My dog sitter is working on this with my dog. I’m going to follow your directions and surprise her and finish teaching my dog this trick!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      Please, please, please let me know how it goes. Also, that sounds like an awesome dog sitter! 🙂

  22. Carly Daring October 21, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    This was one of the first tricks we taught Cooper . I dont remember how we did it though.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Honestly, I didn’t remember how I’d taught Simon either 😉

  23. Elena October 21, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    My dogs know this trick

  24. Rust October 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Oh yes, we know this one! It’s a favorite show off.

  25. molli taylor October 21, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    he does this, but i have no idea how he learned!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Ha! That’s hilarious. Was he a rescue or did he just pick it up one day?

  26. Linda Szymoniak October 21, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    The first two things I teach any dog I adopt is to sit, and then to shake paws. Two of my three rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds are experts at shaking paws, but one of the boys, Seiji, is still not sure about it. He will “shake”, in his own way, but it usually means just lifting one paw, with leg totally straight, and just going a couple of inches off the floor. I’m still working with him.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      I think “sit” is a critical skill to teach dogs. We are still working on wait, though both Simon and Piper struggle with that one. We are also working on recall. Simon is doing great with this one but Piper has a mind of her own so it’s a work in progress for sure 😉

  27. Kayla Lussier October 21, 2017 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    We taught our dog paw when we brought her home at 8 weeks old! Pretty similar to this and she also knows high five!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Nice! High five seems like it might be a good follow up to “shake”. We might have to work on that one soon. 🙂

  28. Misty October 21, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    We shake and high five!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Woot!

  29. Emma October 22, 2017 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Patience is key with any dog training. We don’t mind getting our paws touched unless the nail clipper or Dremel is involved, then we squirm. If possible start puppies off with lots of touching and feeling so they learn it is okay.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      I tried so hard to touch on touching Piper’s paws when she was a puppy. It’s gotten a little better but nail trimming is still such a production 😉 We might have to try a Dremel.

  30. Sandy Weinstein October 22, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Yes my girls can shake and do it in unison. i would just tap their shoulders, give a treat and hold their paw at the same time. They eventually got it. Now they do it all of the time when they want a treat. The youngest even waves now.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      I love it! Synchronized paw shaking! I would love to teach my two to wave. That may have to go on the “tricks to learn” list.

  31. Jennifer A October 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Dexter knows “paw” which is sort of similar but without the shaking part

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      That totally works! 🙂

  32. Dameshia Leonard October 22, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    My dog doesn’t know this trick I really want her to learn it though so this is a huge help!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you found it helpful! Please let me know if you try it and how it goes.

  33. Natalie Hartmann October 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    My dog knows this trick and we used the same way

  34. Rick October 22, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    First trick they learned.

  35. Nancy October 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Yes, this is the first trick we learned. She’s a footy girl.

  36. Edye October 23, 2017 at 8:04 am - Reply

    My dog does not know this.

  37. tammy ta October 23, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Yes my dog does know this trick very well.

  38. Pat Schwab October 23, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Our puppy does know this trick– I use it when I feed her also. She loves for me to hold her paws and rub them– it calms her down.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      I wish Piper would let me rub her paws. We do a regular calming massage and she does let me touch her elbows and wrists now so maybe we’ll eventually get to a place where she lets me rub her paws too. 🙂

  39. Denise Marie Gruzensky October 23, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Simon so has this down and by the time you shot the video it looked like Piper did too. 💙🐶

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Right?!? He’s hilarious! As soon as I say “shake” or “paw” the first time, he just keeps handing it to me in hopes of getting a treat 😉 I couldn’t believe the timing on Piper getting the trick. We had literally been working on it for two weeks and she did it for the first time on the video. It was perfect! 🙂

  40. Meaghen October 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    We’ve got shake down pat with both our boys. We just call it “paw”. We also do “other paw” and “high five” and “high ten”. We’re trying “props” now.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      I think “other paw” or “high five” may be the next trick we work on.

  41. MARLA R KING October 23, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    No…..my dog does not know this trick.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      Have you tried to teach it yet? If not, you should give this method a try.

  42. Ang October 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Grady knows this one! We are now working on holding his paw up for extended time as a foundation for limp!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Cool! I’m thinking “limp” might a more advanced trick than my two could master but I’d love to hear how you teach it to Grady.

  43. ellen beck October 23, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Yes Odin knows this and we do use this one for getting his nails done. He literally screams when getting them done (used to) but over the years and with work he does fine now.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      That is Piper! You would think she was being tortured by the way she reacts to anyone touching her nails! It is definitely a work in progress and I am hoping that she will follow in Odin’s footsteps and, someday, allow us to trim her nails without all the drama 😉

  44. Carolsue October 24, 2017 at 2:33 am - Reply

    I taught my dog to do this trick much the same way you do. He loves to do this!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Yay! Glad the method worked for you too!

  45. Kamira Gayle October 24, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Great to hear you and the dogs are adjusting well to life in a new city. Piper and Simon did so well. Flawless. What a great givewaway. Someone is going to be one happy camper!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you! We are definitely starting to feel a little more settled and the dogs are LOVING having a yard and getting to explore new places. 🙂

  46. Madison Yip October 24, 2017 at 6:03 am - Reply

    My dogs do this trick so enthusiastically!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Pretty sure my dog’s enthusiasm is for the treats! 😉

  47. Maggie October 24, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Coco knows this trick already!

  48. Calvin F. October 24, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

    My cat-like dog did this trick once, almost succeeded.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Ha! Cats can totally learn tricks too!

  49. Mita October 24, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    My dog does not know this trick yet.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      It might be fun for you to try to teach your dog this one. It’s an easy trick to master.

  50. Candice October 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Both of my dogs can do this trick!!!

  51. Deborah W. October 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    My dog doesn’t know this trick. Honestly, I don’t think it’s a trick she could learn. She is too unsteady sitting to keep a paw up off the floor to shake.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      I’m sorry to hear that. Is she a senior pup?

  52. alicia gordon October 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    My dogs both know this trick but they really do not mind getting their paws touched. When we got them as babies, we touched their paws and ears excessively so they would not mind it when they got older

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      I tried all the paw touching stuff with Piper when she was a puppy but she is still opposed to nail trimming 😉 Glad to hear your pups are chill about paw-touching 🙂

  53. Starla October 24, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Aw, such pretty babies you have there! My dog, Bentley loves to do this. He definitely does this the most often, lol. 🙂

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I think they’re pretty adorable 😉 Glad to hear Bentley loves to do this. I can’t tell if Simon and Piper love the trick or the treats more. Ha!

  54. Carolyn October 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    My dog knew this trick when I adopted her. Most people have to be sitting down (or have her get on the sofa first) to actually do it with her though because if they are standing she is so far away. The challenges of small dogs.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      I never thought about the challenges of teaching this for small dogs. I can see how it would be much easier on your back with your pup on the couch 🙂

  55. Karen October 25, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    My dogs love this trick!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Yay! I’m pretty sure Simon and Piper love the treats more than the trick 😉

  56. Jenn Beckett jennpup October 26, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

    My dog doesn’t know this yet, but we are working on it. Thanks for the advice!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      I hope this helps! Let me know how it goes. 🙂

  57. Diane T October 26, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Taught my dog the same trick

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      What method did you use?

  58. cassandra October 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    my dog doesn’t know this one.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      Give it a try. It’s one of the easier tricks to master.

  59. Kim Miller October 27, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

    My dog doesn’t know this trick

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Give it a try and let us know how it goes.

  60. pam October 27, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

    My Bailey learned these! Thank you!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Go Bailey! Thanks for checking out the blog 🙂

  61. sarah k October 28, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I will definitely try these tips out my two guys hate their paws being touched it makes grooming them quite an ordeal.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      It’s so funny because I tried all the desensitization things the vet and trainers said to try when Piper was a puppy (treating while touching her paws etc.) and we still have such an issue with nail trimming. Work in progress. 😉

  62. Roxanne Carlson October 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Yes my Ky does know this trick. I used the same method to teach her.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

      I’m so glad to know that this method works.

  63. Jan K October 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    What a great and simple way to do this! Luke does not like having his paws handled. We do a high five, which he is great at, but I’d love to teach him to do this too.
    I wonder if training this could help move on to actually trimming his nails?? Now that would really be a trick….. 🙂

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Ha! That’s what I’m trying to work Piper up to because trimming her nails is miserable for her and for me! 😉 I’ll let you know if I come up with anything that makes that process easier! 🙂

  64. Jessica Whitehouse October 28, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    My dog doesn’t do any tricks.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Have you tried teaching any tricks? Some tricks are just for fun but others, like “paw” have practical uses such as making vet visits a little easier.

  65. mary ballerin October 29, 2017 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Still working on it. My second pug knew to shake, and always with his right paw.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

      If you try this method of teaching your pup to shake, let me know.I’m curious to see how it works for others.

  66. cheryl s October 29, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Yes, Roxy can give paw. She doesn’t like her paws touched in general though.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Piper is ridiculous about having her paws touched 😉

  67. Amy Angulo October 29, 2017 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    My pups don’t know this trick but Cody loves pawing at people so I’m sure he would learn it quickly

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      I’ll bet he’d pick it up really quickly. I was surprised at how well it worked for Piper.

  68. Seyma Shabbir October 29, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    We have taught our dog this trick before. It took a while though.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Patience is key 🙂

  69. Robyn Bellefleur October 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    All 4 of my dogs know this trick.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Yikes! I’ve never heard of doing that but, sadly, I’m not overly surprised to hear that such an approach is used by some folks. It seems punitive to me. I think that positive reinforcement/rewarding for behavior you want is always preferable to punishing for behavior you don’t want.

  70. Downstay October 30, 2017 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Recently I learned from two professional vet techs that they discourage jumping by catching and squeezing the dogs’ paws when they jump. Whoa, I thought, that’s such a bad idea! It might work for jumping, but it will also make Fido afraid to put his paw in a your hand. How common do you all think this approach is? Have you heard of it before?

  71. Lisa F. October 30, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

    One of my dog’s knows this…but I didn’t teach it to him. He’s a rescue and knew a lot of things when I got him at nine years old. A shame they threw away such a great dog, but my benefit! 🙂

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      First – thank you for rescuing a senior dog! None of my rescues have arrived knowing a whole lot of commands but they come with all kinds of love 🙂

  72. KaylaKayla October 30, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    This is such a wonderful idea!! My dogs don’t like their paws touched. I’m going to try this with them! 🙂

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Please let me know if it works for you too! 🙂

  73. Jonathan October 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    My dog does not know this trick, but these are great tips!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad you found the tips to be helpful. If you do try this method to teach your pup to shake, let me know how it goes.

  74. Sarah Mayer October 30, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    My dog doesn’t know this yet, but we are working on it.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

  75. Jerry Marquardt October 30, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    No, my pup, Don, does not know how to shake hands.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Give this method a try! I’ll bet Don can master it pretty quickly 🙂

  76. Rhonda October 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    My poodle knows how to reverse paws!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Nice! We’re still working on that one 😉

  77. KRisten October 30, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    My dog does not know this trick.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      You should give it a try! It’ll be fun for you and your dog.

  78. wen budro October 30, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    No- my dog only knows how to roll over. I adopted her when she was an older dog……so no new tricks.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      You can totally teach an old dog new tricks. That being said, none of my dogs have ever mastered roll over 😉

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