Shake Paws

Teaching Your Dog to ‘Shake Paws.’


Can your dog shake paws on your command? Shake is a fun dog trick that’s pretty simple to teach your dog. Most dogs can learn this trick quickly. After just a few short training sessions, your dog will be offering his paw for a shake everytime he is asked to do it.

What You Need to Train Your Dog to Shake.

The only thing necessary when training your dog to shake paws is your dog and a handful of their favorite treats. If you are clicker training, you will need your clicker.

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Here’s How to Teach Him to Shake.

Have your dog sit. If he doesn’t know how to properly sit, go back and practice the command and teach your dog how to sit. Make sure your dog fully understands how to sit before proceeding to the next step.

Hold a treat in your hand, and show it to your dog. Close your hand over the treat or move the treat somewhere that the dog cannot see it.

Give your dog the command “shake,” and wave your closed hand under his nose to keep him interested in the treat.

Simply lift up his paw and repeat the word “shake.” Place the paw down and continue doing this routine several times.

The moment your dog touches your hand with his paw, tell him “good” and give him the treat.

Continue practicing “shake” for 5 minutes, two or three times a day. Before you know it, your dog will retain this command and know it by heart.

Troubleshooting the “Shake.”

Here are a few things you can do if your dog has difficulty learning how to properly shake:

Enroll in classes here at Ruffger’s. We teach classes that teach dogs basic commands.

If your dog doesn’t put his paw on your hand, no matter how hard you try to get him to, move your hand holding the treat closer to his paw. You can give his head or paw a little nudge. As soon as he raises his paw to your hand, give him the treat and follow the instructions in step 6.

If your dog still doesn’t understand what is expected of him after a simple paw nudge, try lifting his paw into your hand yourself. Give the command “shake,” reach down and pick up his paw, then tell him “good” or click your clicker and give him a treat.

Remember to be patient and keep training sessions short. If your dog seems to become bored or distracted, it’s time to conclude the session. Always make sure to end sessions on a positive note.

Lastly, never hesitate to contact us here at Ruffger’s for any additional help or training you need.

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