So far, my new rescue pup Wally & I have focused on practicing basic obedience commands like “sit,” “down,” “stay,” and “come,” but we hadn’t started working on any tricks yet.
I figured one of the simpler tricks to instruct would be something involving his paws because he already likes lifting and crossing them. So we spent the last 4 weeks focusing on the “shake” trick.
Note that when I say “the last 4 weeks” I imply that we practiced 4-5 times per day for about 2-3 minutes per session, so we took it very easy and did not have a deadline by which Wally needed to have the “shake” trick down pat.
We’ve made a good amount of progress with this trick and are at the point where he will shake my hand reliably in exchange for a treat. My hope is that he will be able to carry out the behavior with or without treats within another 4 weeks.
How to Train Your canine to Shake A Paw
Here’s the training method I took:
4 easy steps to instruct your canine the shake trick
1. Ask your canine to sit while you hold a treat in your closed hand.
2. show the hand with the treat to your dog.
3. encourage your canine to paw at your treat hand.
If your canine paws at your hand with the treat, say “yes” or use a clicker to mark the behavior. then open that hand and let him have the treat. Shake your dog’s paw with your other hand. say “shake” or “paw” or whatever word you want your canine to associate with that behavior.
4. If your canine doesn’t paw at your hand best away, you’ll have to find a different way of getting him to lift his paw.
You could tickle him behind his paw and then reward him with a treat as soon as he lifts his paw up just a little.
Wally & I demonstrate this in the video I posted on Instagram.
This training method of gratifying small steps on the way of performing a certain behavior is called shaping.
Don’t forget to praise your canine for a job well done!
Another way to instruct your canine to shake hands
You can also take a slightly different training method by using a behavior your canine already performs in your favor.
Some dogs like to use their paws and will lift them up without being asked. As discussed above, Wally does this sometimes.
When your canine lifts a paw, simply take their paw with one hand while saying “yes” or clicking, then add “shake” while giving him a high value treat. This training method is called behavior capture.
It’s optimal to have several short training sessions throughout the day and to repeat the exercise about 5 times per session.
What you don’t want to repeat though is the command itself because you’ll want your canine to listen the first time you say it. I learned that important lesson when reading Patricia McConnell’s book The other end of The Leash several years ago.
Why teaching your canine the shake command is helpful
There are several benefits to teaching your canine the “shake” trick. Besides being fun and relatively quick to teach, it’s good for:
Bonding with your dog
Behavior to carry out in exchange for food, treats, or playtime
Cute party trick to show off in front of pals and guests, particularly at the front door when greeting them
A way to get your canine used to having his paws handled
Wally practicing the “shake” trick outside in the yard
It’s typically a terrific idea to shake training sessions up a bit, pun intended! Practicing the very same obedience command or trick over and over again can get boring for both you and your canine quickly, so think about incorporating another fun trick to keep things interesting!
You could even create a little routine consisting of a variety of obedience commands and tricks, like a “sit-stay” followed by a “come,” “shake,” and “spin”! It’s guaranteed to stimulate your canine on a mental basis and strengthen the bond between you and him while practicing the routine together.
If you’re in need of some inspiration, I recommend browsing the books:
canine tricks for Dummies by Sarah Hodgson and
101 fun things to finish with Your canine by Alison Smith
They’re where I found inspiration for trick training and games to play with my former pups Missy & Buzz, “shake” and “hide & seek” being two of them.
Where to practice the “shake” trick with your dog
I started teaching Wally the “shake” trick inside my house because it’s a fairly neutral environment without too numerous distractions.
After about a week, I began practicing outside with him as well. first in the backyard, then on walks and while out and about running errands together as well.
Wally practicing the”Shake” -truc na een late nachtwandeling (ik liep hem op een lederen hoofdkraag)
De vele veel voorkomende positie waar een honden de “shake” -truc uit uitvoert, is waarschijnlijk de “Sit” -positie, maar je kunt ook “Shake” oefenen terwijl je hond in een “down” of zelfs een staande positie is.
Bailey (links) schudt in een “Sit” -positie, Wrigley (rechts) schudt in een “omlaag” positie
Laatste gedachten over het leren van je honden de “shake” truc
De “Shake” -truc is een leuke en relatief gemakkelijke truc om te instrueren dat praktisch elke honden zou moeten kunnen leren.
Het kan worden gebruikt als een beleefde manier om iedereen die naar huis komt te begroeten en is een goede basis voor veel meer tructraining met poten, zoals “High 5”, “High 10” of “Wave”.
Zodra Wally de “Shake” -truc heeft onder de knie, zou ik graag met hem willen werken aan “high-fiving” mij!
Kent uw hond de “Shake” -truc? Hoe heb je het geïnstrueerd?
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Barbara Rivers schrijft over rauw hondenvoedsel, hondentraining en leven met haar nieuw geadopteerde hond, Wally West. Ze bezit haar eigen hondenwandelen en huisdierenbedrijf in North Carolina. Wally is een actieve, 1,5-jarige Feist-mix. Volg hun blog K9s over koffie.