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I had the same problem with Elmo. He learns everything very quickly, but he had problems with "shake". I had given up on teaching him for months because I thought it was hopeless. In our case, it turns out that I was trying to teach him on hard wood floors and his little butt would slide a little. He didn't like that. I tried again last week on the carpet. He figured it out in just a few minutes.

The other thing I learned was that I was always lifting his right leg to shake his paw. I don't think he feels as stable without the help of that leg. So, he always uses his left paw. Eventually, I'll teach him left and right but this was a good start for us.

Good luck!
 
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