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How do I train a dog to shake his paw?

I'm trying to teach Lobo to shake with his paw but he has no idea what I'm talking about. I got treats had him sit he did do one paw but reaction time wasn't good enough. He doesn't know shaw a paw or give me a paw. Help!!
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I taught Jaxx how to shake by saying paw then lifting his paw up and shaking his paw for him and then giving him a treat. I did it about 5 - 10 times and he caught on. Hope I helped


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For both my dogs I taught them by first saying, "Shake a Paw" and then I would take their paw and shake it. Immediately I praised like crazy and gave a treat. I repeated this again, waiting a second for them to give me their paw, if they didn't I would take their paw, shake it, and again praise like crazy and reward. It only took a few times before they were both giving me their paw after I said the words and held out my open hand.

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Have you tried touching the paw and clicking when he lifts it? After you get the lift and click (and treat of course), then you can name it. Raina went from shake hands to teaching herself high five the same evening. Now she does both.


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Be careful what you wish for!!! I taught Diesel to shake / give paw. Now if he wants something and you dont give it to him quick enough he club's you with his big a$$ paw! LOL He will go through a whole series of commands trying to get what he wants or figure out what will get him that treat!

But yes, I do the same as the others. I get focus on treat say give me paw, take it shake it, give treat, repeat. Once he has that down with one, then I start switching which one I want and associate it with this right and left...
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I taught Jaxx how to shake by saying paw then lifting his paw up and shaking his paw for him and then giving him a treat. I did it about 5 - 10 times and he caught on. Hope I helped


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I did this as well unintentionally. We got Gunther when it was rainy so I would have to wipe off his paws and I would say "paw" every time I needed to hold one to wipe off . Another for "high five" he was laying down upside down and I just started high fiving him while saying "high five!" (jokingly) and did that a couple times and then he started to high five me back
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Be careful what you wish for!!! I taught Diesel to shake / give paw. Now if he wants something and you dont give it to him quick enough he club's you with his big a$$ paw! LOL He will go through a whole series of commands trying to get what he wants or figure out what will get him that treat!
Oh yeah, I forgot about those bruises from being clubbed with the big foot of hers while she was learning to aim for my hand when shaking it.

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I taught Jaxx how to shake by saying paw then lifting his paw up and shaking his paw for him and then giving him a treat. I did it about 5 - 10 times and he caught on. Hope I helped


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I taught him he knows it now! i have been rewarding him like crazy and repeated it like 5-10 times. although it took like 10 times or more to get it.
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I didn't have to teach Elly May...she just started shaking hands one day.

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Dax learned it pretty quick. We're having trouble with "other paw" lol. Patience and persistence really. And figure out what clicks for your dog.

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