WIN WIN : Learn Some New Tricks and Win Great Prizes
Kilo the Pug LOVES treats and training with me so with Halloween around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time to learn some Tricks for Treats and to give everyone the opportunity to win some major treats.
Kilo’s trick is shake a paw and see how to teach it below.
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How to Teach Your Dog Shake A Paw + Other Tricks
When we started fostering Kilo, he seemed to know “sit” but that was about his only “trick”. He was quite anxious and reactive with many strangers and needed lots of short bursts of mental stimulation as well as short walks and physical activity throughout the day.
He hated anyone touching his paws so it could be a challenge even getting his harness on and off. I decided it would be fun to teach him to “Shake Hands (or paws) “and “Hi 5″ as they are such cute tricks and the training might get him to choose to let me touch his paws and learn to trust. It has also become a great way to get distract and relax him when he meets strangers as he loves showing off for treats and he senses their approval.
I am not a professional trainer so I am just sharing what I did with Kilo which worked for us. I started by teaching him “Paw” as it seemed like that could be a great base for quite a few tricks and behaviors.
Start with basic “Paw”
- Sit on the floor beside your dog (or on a bench like me).
- Take a handful of treats and put them within your reach but out of your dog’s reach (I use kibble for Kilo or broken up bits of liver treats- he is very food motivated).
- Ask your dog to sit facing you (for Tips on “How to teach your dog to sit” read HERE)
- Hold one treat in your hand and show him the treat then close your fist over the treat. I usually use my right hand and Kilo uses his right paw first.
- Hold the treat, in a closed fist close to his foot, about 5cm off the ground.
- If your dog stands up and starts nuzzling and sniffing your hand like Kilo did at first, you can raise the hand and ask him to sit again.
- If your dog lifts his paw even a little while sitting, use your marker word or clicker to tell him that is what you want and give him the treat. I tell Kilo ‘yes’ and then call him “good boy” and praise and pat him.
- Most dogs will scratch at your hand to get the treat after sniffing. As as soon as the touches your hand with his paw, open your hand, use your marker word or click and give him the treat.
- Once Kilo started touching with his paw regularly I started naming the action “Paw” and giving him a treat.
- I then put a treat in my left hand and rewarded him when he offered paw towards my empty right fist and said the word “Paw”.
Once Kilo was comfortable offering his paw on his own and lifting his paw and touching my hand with his paw on command, we moved on to “Shake a Paw” and “Hi 5” which I find adorable.
Shake a Paw and Hi 5
- Get down and ask your dog to sit facing you.
- Hold a treat in your left hand. Then hold out your right hand low, open and flat towards his right paw and say “Paw’. When Kilo lifted his paw, I grabbed it very gently and shook as I gave him the treat with my other hand and praised him.
- Reward your dog immediately if he does the right thing, even if he only lifts his foot a little bit or shakes briefly. Always keep training fun and positive.
- When Kilo was reliably lifting his paw towards my hand and letting me hold it for a treat, I added the word ‘Shake’ but I am not actually sure he remembers the word. He tends to look at my hand position and try to guess what I want. If it’s hi and on his left side, it means Hi 5 and on his right side lower it means Shake.
- Gradually you can reduce the treats once you are sure he knows the trick. Kilo still gets them as he likes to see there will be payment up front but he usually does a series of tricks.
Other Cute and Cool “Paw” or “Touch” Tricks and Behaviors
Once Kilo knew “Paw”, I started directing him to paw or target things beyond my hand. Some people label this as “Touch” but I had used “Touch” for him touching his nose to me and I also figured the fewer words for Kilo to remember the better. For some targets, I put a treat under them at first, for others I lured Kilo over with a treat to show him what I wanted. He still does not do much except sit and lie down with any distance and those took a long time. I am still not sure if he knows the words or just the hand signals. He will often experiment and offer all sorts of tricks for treats.
The “Paw” trick even at our basic level, can help:
- closing cupboards in case you have Halloween candy or other things a greedy Pug might want to investigate.
- putting on a Batman costume or harness. Putting his paws into anything used to be a major trauma for Kilo but now he knows what to do and is OK.
- making his own Mummy costume out of toilet paper LOL. I may regret that one.
- posing with pumpkins for Halloween photos.
- pushing buttons, doorbells and light switches – good for Trick or Treating (not really- Kilo is down safe and quiet in his crate with a nice frozen Kong and a Bullwrinkles Bully Stick when the kids are coming by).
- pretending to look in the oven or washing machine or dishwasher for our Cooking with Kilo series.
- dancing with me, or a skeleton, or a monster and doing the Hokey Pokey.
- waving (we’re still working on that one).
- wiping off muddy paws – it can be rainy or even snowy in Fall here.
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Blogs To Visit For More Chances to Win from October 20th to 30th in the USA and Canada where legal:
Learn to Calmly Ride in Elevators by Beagles & Bargain
Teach your Dog To Crawl by Kolchak Puggle
Learn to Not Freak Out When a Doorbell Rings by A Dog Walks into a Bar
Learn to Ring a Bell by ChiPets
Learn to be “Sassy” by Dog Mom Days
Learn Whistle Recall by Fetch for Me, Human
Learn “Beg”, “Which Hand”, and Indoor Exercise Trick Sets by Fidose of Reality
Learn to Stand on Your Hind Legs by Heart Like A Dog
Learn to Kiss by It’s Dog or Nothing
Learn to Touch by Life With Beagle
Learn to Pick It Up or Take It by My Dog Likes
Learn to Crawl Through a Tight Tunnel by My GBGV Life
Learn to Shake Paws (for Dogs Who Don’t Like Their Paws Touched!) by Sarcastic Dog
Learn Puppy Push Ups by Spencer the Goldendoodle
Learn Two Dog Tricks by Tails from the Road
Learn “Paw” and “Shake Paw” by Talent Hounds
Learn to Cover Your Eyes by Tenacious Little Terrier
Learn to Jump Through a Hoop by The Broke Dog
Learn to Spin by The Daily Pip
Learn to Open Doors by Wag ‘n Woof Pet
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