Some dogs are born smart, and others… aren’t. But all dogs, if given enough love and care, will be highly motivated to learn new behaviors that help them bond with us and get more treats. And one of the simplest tricks you can teach your dog is how to shake paws. If you follow these steps, your dog will be pawing at your hand in no time!
Dogs need training just like humans do, so they can learn many new behaviors that will make life easier for both of you. In order to make sure your dog learns the behavior quickly and effectively, it’s best to reward it when he does something correctly so he knows what behavior is expected of him next time around!
Step 1: Pick a phrase you’d like to use to tell your dog that you would like him or her to perform the trick.
Some examples include “Shake,” “Gimme 5,” or “Paw.” Pick something simple and easy for you to remember and for your dog to associate with the trick.
A good command to use is something that you and your dog can easily remember. It should be simple and straightforward, but it also needs to be easy for your dog to associate with the trick. For example, if you choose “paw,” then every time you say this word in conjunction with a reward (like treats), it will be associated by your canine companion with getting his or her hand on you!
Another important thing to keep in mind when choosing a command is not how long or complicated it is; otherwise, your pet may get confused about what’s being asked of him or her. This can lead to confusion on both ends of the leash and could take away from training time spent building up positive associations between actions/events/rewards rather than trying different combinations until one sticks out like a sore thumb!
Step 2: Stand in front of your dog in a well-lit area, facing forward.
Hold out your left hand so that his nose is directly above it. Keep your fingers curled and pointing up slightly so that he won’t be able to grab hold of them.
If he doesn’t immediately start licking or nuzzling, say “yes!” with enthusiasm and give him a treat when he does so (don’t give him the treat if this happens). Repeat this process until he understands what you are asking for—usually only two or three times is enough.
Step 3: As soon as your dog lifts his paw, say the phrase you chose in Step 1.
While saying this, gently place his paw in your hand. If he pulls back, be sure not to pull at it — simply let go and try again in a few seconds.
Your goal is to get him used to having his paws handled by people — not just for shaking paws but also for grooming and nail trimming. Your dog may not like having his paws touched at first (many dogs don’t), but with practice and repetition over time he’ll learn that it’s nothing scary or painful – just something that happens when people are around!
Step 4: After repeating Steps 2 and 3 a few times, tell your dog “Good boy!” or offer him a treat after he lifts his paw and places it in your hand.
You can also try putting treats in your right hand while performing this trick until he gets the hang of it and will do it on command alone. Be sure to give him plenty of praise!
Be patient and kind. If you’re not getting the response you want from your dog, don’t give up! You can try repeating a step or practicing with a shorter session until you see progress.
Don’t overdo it! Try not to train too much in one day because training sessions should never last more than 10 minutes at most (be sure not exceed 20 minutes). It’s important that they remain short so both parties remain interested throughout the process while still giving them plenty of breaks between each session so they don’t get bored or frustrated learning new tricks which could cause them stress in other areas (like housebreaking).
Giving dogs enough love and care will encourage them to learn new behaviors which will help them bond with you more
If your goal is for your dog to learn a new behavior, it’s important that they think this behavior is worth doing because it will benefit them somehow. For example, teaching a puppy how to shake paws can be done through positive reinforcement (rewarding good behaviors), whereas punishing bad behavior might cause fear instead of learning what not to do next time around!