How to Train Your Dog to Wave

With a little patience and some training, you can teach your dog to wave on command! This is a great trick to impress your friends and family, and it’s also a fun way to bond with your furry friend.

To train your dog to wave, you’ll need a few treats, patience, and a clicker. Ready? Let’s get started!

1. Say “wave” or “give me a paw!”

This will be the command you use to get your dog to wave. It’s best if you use a happy tone of voice when giving this command, and don’t repeat it unless necessary (if your dog is having trouble understanding what you’re asking him to do).

If he’s waving his paws in the air because he wants something, rather than because he understands the exercise and wants to participate, then say nothing at all—just give him whatever it was that caught his eye! Be friendly but firm with any training techniques; never yell or scream at your pup.

2. Hold a tasty treat in your hand.

Hold a tasty treat in your hand.

Hold the treat vertically between your thumb and index finger so that it’s close to your dog’s nose, but not dangling down too far.

If he doesn’t raise his paw within 30 seconds, try lowering the angle of the treat so it comes closer to his nose until he does so. Then reward him with praise and additional treats!

3. Wait for your dog to lift his paw up to get the treat.

Wait for your dog to lift his paw up to get the treat. This is a critical step in the training process, because it allows you to reinforce exactly when they’re doing what you want them to do (lifting their paw) and not reinforcing other behaviors (like lowering their head or looking at you).

If your dog lifts their paw, reward him right away with a treat! If he doesn’t lift his paw, don’t give him one of yours; this will only confuse him and make him confused about what he’s supposed to do next time.

Likewise, don’t give out treats if they put down their paws—that’s also an incorrect behavior and should not be rewarded either!

4. As soon as he lifts a paw, click, or say “Yes!” and give him the treat.

As soon as he lifts a paw, click, or say “Yes!” and give him the treat.

When he lifts his paw again, click and give him the treat.

You can use any word that means yes—like “good” or “yes”—so long as you’re consistent about what it means for your dog to earn his reward.

This exercise is called shaping because we are gradually shaping the behavior into something completely different than what it was originally: rather than jumping up on us, our dogs will now wave at us!

5. Repeat until your dog can wave on command.

When you have done this a few times, it is time to move on to the next step and add the word “wave”. You need to be careful when doing this because if your dog is not ready to do it, they may try and get away or they may just ignore you and continue with whatever they were doing previously.

If your dog will not respond when you say “wave” then wait until they are in a better mood before trying again. Once your dog has learned what waving means for them, practice giving them treats for waving at random times throughout the day so that it becomes more and more common for them to do it automatically without any prompting from anyone else other than themselves!


With a few weeks of practice, your dog should be able to wave like a pro. We hope these tips were helpful and that you enjoy teaching your dog how to wave!