How to teach your dog ‘paw’
It doesn’t matter whether your dog’s young or old, big or small, dogs love to learn new things and it’s a great way to build the bond with your dog and help you both get the most out of your relationship.
This is the first in our Teach Your Dog … features, and to make it really easy we’ve started with something simple, but that your friends and family will think is super-friendly – your dog offering his paw.
Follow these three simple steps to help your dog learn to say hello.
Make sure you have plenty of treats to reward.
When your dog is in a sit position, tickle the back of one of your dogs front feet (choose the same leg to begin with!). As soon as she moves her foot then give her a treat.
As she starts to predict you tickling her foot then just hold your hand a little further away so she starts to lift her paw herself. As soon as she does this then give her a treat.
Now start to hold your hand a little higher so she learns to lift her paw to meet your hand.
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