Originally Posted by jmagnet
To answer your question, apparently my friend never taught her "down", but thank goodness she taught her "shake"! ...ugh. (my least favorite thing people teach dogs)
Yeah, some things can start out cute but become annoying later. For that, every time she offers her paw when you haven't cued it, ignore her completely. Don't touch her, don't look at her, don't talk to her. She's the invisible dog. Get up and walk away if you need to. Occasionally, ask her to shake and then praise her enthusiastically. But NEVER acknowledge it if you haven't asked her to do it.
Sometimes Halo offers me the paw, but she's not obnoxious about it, so I tell her "good girl!" in a happy tone of voice, then release her with "okay" as I hand it back to her. She might do the other paw too, and that's fine, but if she just wants to do it over and over again after I give the paw back, I tell her "that's it", (my "all done" cue), and disengage by turning my head and looking away. She may stay there for a moment or two, but she'll eventually walk away once she realizes that I'm not paying attention anymore.