“Shake” or “give paw” is a fun and easy trick to teach a dog at any age. When you first bring your new dog home, basic training commands like “shake” are a great way to spend quality time bonding and developing a relationship with your new pal. With just a few 5-minute training sessions, your dog can quickly learn his newest trick.
Energy level: As with any new trick, practice training after your dog has gotten out his excess energy. If your dog is especially energetic, it may be difficult for him to focus on training, resulting in a frustrating training experience for you. Before expecting your dog to be patient and sit still, give him some good exercise to relieve that extra energy.
Training treats: Use treats that are highly enticing to your dog. For some, this could be the same kibble you feed him at meal times, and for others, you may need to get out special treats, cut up cheese or meat. Whichever you use, be sure to break them into small, pea-sized pieces to control his calorie intake and keep him from getting full too quickly.
Practice this trick with your dog starting in a sitting position. If he stands up at any point, ask him to sit again. Hold treats or your clicker in one hand.
Again, practice with your dog in a sitting position. Either by showing him or giving him a quick sniff, make sure your dog is aware that you have tasty treats on hand.
Practice for a few minutes each day and your dog will have mastered “shake” in no time. Which training method worked best for you?
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