Teach Your Dog To Shake

When you teach your dog to shake can have a bigger impact than simply learning a trick. When your dog understands how and when to sit, you help instill overall obedience, and deepen the bond between you and your dog. As a bonus knowing they have accomplished something is sure to boost your pup’s self-confidence and you too will be rewarded with happy tails wags and doggy kisses. Start working with your dog today to teach him or her this easy command in five simple steps!


What you need:

  • Patience
  • One dog preferably with at least one front paw
  • Small tasty treats that don’t take long to chew
  • Just 5 minutes each day


What to do:

  • Step one, first and foremost have your pup sit. If he doesn’t know how to sit, go back and practice that command before moving on to step two.
  • Step two, hold a treat in one hand, and show it to your dog. Then close your fist over the treat so he can’t get it.
  • Step Three, give your dog the command “shake,” and wave your closed fist under his nose to keep him interested in the treat.
  • Step Four, 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.
  • Step Five, the moment your dog touches your hand with his paw, tell him “good” and open your hand and allow him to have the treat.


Helpful Tips:

  • Only practice for 5-10 minutes every day, any longer and you will both get tired and frustrated.
  • Always end on a positive note, if you are getting frustrated and your dog isn’t getting the hang of it, go back to a trick he does know and reward him for that.
  • Avoid treats that need to be chewed for long periods, or you will spend most of your time watching him eat.


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