Watch! Lucy Heath's Dog Masterclass: Give a Paw
As a professional dog trainer, Lucy Heath knows firsthand that you absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks.
In our eight-part Dog Master Class Series, Lucy shows us how it's done, stepping us through the fundamentals of training with kindness and opening the way for a whole lot of fun for you and your dog.
Lucy Heath uses positive reinforcement in her dog training and she offers dog advice for those keen to train their dogs themselves. You will be able to do your own dog obedience training at home. Watch her with her dog, Strike, as she models expert dog behaviour training.
In this video, Lucy shows us how to train your dog to give a paw.
Teach Your Dog To Give A Paw
Step #1: A treat in your fist
To teach your dog to give you their paw you don’t need to pick up their leg or grab them. All you need to do is put some tasty treats in your hand and make your hand into a fist. Present your fist to your dog and they will likely lick and sniff and try to get to the treats in your hand. Eventually, they should get frustrated and lift a paw up. At which point you can say, “YES!” and release the treats to them.
Step #2: An empty fist
After lots and lots of repetition, you won’t need the treats in your hand anymore. Your outstretched fist will become a signal for them to lift their paw. And you can reward from the other hand.
Step #3: Add the word 'Paw'
If your dog is doing it every time you can start to add the word, “Paw”. When you give them your fist and they raise their paw say "Paw, Yes" and release the treat from the other hand.
After lots more practice you should be able to hold your hand in any way you like and your dog will still be able to give you their paw. You can even go for a high five!
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