Train Your Dog To Give Paw Overview
Train your dog to give paw with this dog training tip, taken from the Dog Training Planner.
There’s nothing cuter than when your dog gives their paw! Tricks training is a wonderful activity to participate in with your dog. It’s both mentally and physically enriching for your dog and improves your dog’s training skills.
This is one of the easiest dog tricks that you can get started with. Make sure to keep tricks training fun and positive for your dog.
So, what are you waiting for?
Grab a bunch of doggie treats and learn the three steps below.
The 3 Steps
If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that I’ve written out all the steps from the video for you. I know. I know. I really am that nice (lol).
Videos are great if you’re a visual learner!
Most people learn dog training drills best by first watching a video tutorial, and then having the written steps available during the training session, so they don’t get confused (Hey, if you want to completely avoid confusion, you might like to get your paws on my Dog Training Planner).
Step 1: Lure
Put treats in a closed fist and put them by the dog’s nose.
Hold out your other hand, near the dog’s paw.
Your dog should sniff your hand and try to get the treat, don’t release it.
When dogs can’t get what they want with their mouths, they use their paws. Keep the treat in your hand and only reward when the dog moves his paw. This may be a small movement at first, but always reward and say ‘good.’ Repeat until your dog regularly puts his paw in your open hand.
Step 2: Hand Signal
Once your dog is reliably doing step one, move on to a hand signal. To do this, keep treats in your pocket and hold out the hand you used to hold the dog’s paw. Reward and say ‘good’ when the dog gives you his paw.
Step 3: Verbal Command
Once your dog is reliably doing step 2, you can add a verbal command. To do this, say ‘paw’ just before you give the hand signal. Reward when the dog gives you more and repeat several times. Then see if the dog responds to the verbal command alone. If they don’t, continue to practice with the hand signal and phase it out gradually.
Before you go, read on to discover the secret sauce to dog training success...
Have a philosophy of loving leadership when training your dog.
As a loving leader, you should be constantly working on the communication pathways with your dog. At the bare minimum, your dog should also have some basic commands such as the lie-down command, sit command, and stay command.
When your dog knows a few basic dog obedience commands he or she will feel loved because they know what you want and have no anxiety or fear about what they should be doing and when.
Once your dog has a few commands under his or her belt (I mean, collar), practice behaviour dog training, command dog training and tricks dog training regularly to ensure your dog is physically and mentally healthy. As you are probably acutely aware, untrained dogs have a way of taking over the control of a home if not taught otherwise (which can be a nightmare). A trained dog, however, will bring years of doggie love to your household.