How to Teach Your Dog to Do Paw

Paw is a fun trick that's fairly easy to train a dog to do. Most dogs learn this dog trick quickly. After just a few short training sessions your dog will be offering his paw flawlessly.

Steps

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    Have your dog sit. If he doesn't know how to sit, go back and practice that command before moving on to step two.
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    Hold a treat in one hand, and show it to your dog. Close your fist over the treat so he can't get it.
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    Give your dog the command "paw," (Or whatever word you decide to use) and wave your closed fist under his nose to keep him interested in the treat.
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    Wait for your dog to start digging in your hand for the treat. Usually dogs sniff around, and when that doesn't work they begin to paw at your hand.
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    The moment your dog touches your hand with his paw, tell him "good" or click your clicker, and open your hand and allow him to have the treat.
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    Practice "paw" for 5 minutes, two or three times a day. Your dog will be offering you his paw the moment you give the command before you know it.
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    Having a dog that already knows paw perform in front of your dog can help. Your dog then sees exactly what to do.

Tips

  • If your dog still doesn't understand what is expected of him after you nudge his paw, you can try lifting his paw into your hand yourself. Give the command "shake," reach down and pick up his paw, and then tell him "good" or click your clicker and give him the treat. Repeat this quickly several times in a row giving him a treat each time, and then go back and start off from step 1 above. Most dogs will now understand what is expected, and begin to offer their paw.
  • If your dog doesn't put his paw on your hand, no matter how long you try to entice him with the treat, move the hand holding the treat closer to his paw. You can even give his leg or paw a little nudge. As soon as he raises his paw to your hand, give him the treat and follow the directions from step 5 above.

Things You'll Need

  • Treats
  • Dog
  • Clicker (Optional)

Article Info

Categories: Dog Tricks