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03-19-2014 03:11 PM
Knucklehead "Shake" was the easiest trick to teach my GSD.

One day, I figured it would be fun for the kids to be able to "shake" with the dog. So I put my GSD into a sit stay, held out my hand and was about to say "shake" and as the word was coming out, his paw was in my hand. And that was that.

Now getting him to heel while I walk him... that's a different story altogether.

BTW, "shake" comes in very handy when cleaning muddy paws, or checking for torn pads.
03-13-2014 12:02 AM
enh811 Ahh!!! Well everyone... Thanks for your help and suggestions. I literally tried all of those ideas and she just was not interested in learning this at all... But I decided the other night to try, try again... And SHE GOT IT!!! Instead. Of saying "shake", I said "paw". And it clicked. We will work on high five now... . Thanks again!!!


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02-24-2014 11:34 PM
ApselBear Nice work! High five was easy too. Apsel had it after one closed fist treat.


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02-24-2014 03:57 PM
DonnaKay Have been trying shake for a few days by picking up her paw, saying shake, then reward. She just wasn't making the connection. I think because I was picking up her paw rather than her offering.

Tried the closed fist with treat in it and she got it on first try! Repeated about 10 times, switched treat to other hand and offered open hand for shake and now she does it no fail. I'm so excited! Thanks for the suggestion!
02-24-2014 03:30 PM
Mishka&Milo I taught my girl by offering my hand to her when she was in a particularly playful mood. It only took a couple of tries for her to realize what I wanted.... After teaching that, wave is a fun one to try


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02-24-2014 02:40 PM
ApselBear
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Once they've got shake down, you can easily add "high 5" and have them slap your hand on command. Just hold your hand straight facing them rather than flat and palm up and mark when they hit it
I nearly forgot to teach high 5 to Apsel, I'll have to start that tonight. It'll probably be more like a high-punch when he's full grown though...
02-24-2014 11:58 AM
fredh I never taught Jake how to shake, He's more of a Kisser. But seriousley, when I went through 1 on 1 basic puppy obedience training with him as a Pup, our Trainer advised against teaching him that as an 80 pound dog could knock a toddler over by going through the "shake" motion.
02-24-2014 11:18 AM
Lilie
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I put a treat in my hand and offer my fist. Dog knows the treat is there and will usually eventually paw at my hand to get me to open it. When he does this, I mark the behavior and open my hand for the treat. Once he gets the idea of touching my hand to get the treat, I start rewarding with my other hand (not opening the hand he's pawing) and there you have it.
This is the same way I do it. If the pup is a little slow, I'll use the same hand that has the treat and place it under his head. Using my index finger I'll gently lift up the pup's snout. He'll use his paw to redirect my hand so he can sniff it. I mark it and open my hand to provide the treat while verbally rewarding.
02-24-2014 11:08 AM
Shade
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I put a treat in my hand and offer my fist. Dog knows the treat is there and will usually eventually paw at my hand to get me to open it. When he does this, I mark the behavior and open my hand for the treat. Once he gets the idea of touching my hand to get the treat, I start rewarding with my other hand (not opening the hand he's pawing) and there you have it.
This is the way I taught it as well. I've only had one dog where I had to do the whole "touch paw and treat" method, the rest got it with the above.

Once they've got shake down, you can easily add "high 5" and have them slap your hand on command. Just hold your hand straight facing them rather than flat and palm up and mark when they hit it
02-24-2014 10:30 AM
Liesje I put a treat in my hand and offer my fist. Dog knows the treat is there and will usually eventually paw at my hand to get me to open it. When he does this, I mark the behavior and open my hand for the treat. Once he gets the idea of touching my hand to get the treat, I start rewarding with my other hand (not opening the hand he's pawing) and there you have it.
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