How To Train A Dog To Shake

How To Train A Dog To Shake


You’re first going to want to make sure your dog’s paw is not dirty or injured. Next, praise your dog and give it a treat. Then ask for a shake, saying “shake” when you do so. When the dog gives you its paw, click your clicker and give it another treat! It might take a while before your dog understands that when you ask for a shake, you mean its right paw. But be patient and positive with your pup…and soon enough, it’ll be ready to shake anyone’s hand!

Engage The Right Paw

  • Ask the dog to offer you a paw. If the dog offers you the wrong paw, say “no” and ask for the right one. If they offer their right paw, say “yes” and reward them with treats or praise.
  • Repeat this process several times throughout the day in different locations and situations until they understand that shaking is something they should do on command.

Find The Right Treats

You need to find the right treats. You want something small, that can be easily broken into pieces, and that your dog will enjoy eating. If you have a cat, you may want to skip this step—even if they’ll eat your dog’s food, cats don’t respond well to being trained (they’re too independent). If you don’t have any small treats on hand or nearby, go ahead and take a trip to the pet store. In addition to making sure they’re small enough for your pup’s mouth (you don’t want him choking), look for foods that are tasty and healthy for them. Safe treats are also important because it’s important not to give any food with additives or preservatives in them; good choices include yogurt drops or peanut butter chips (but make sure these aren’t made with xylitol!).

Say Yes!

With the “Yes!” technique, you are teaching your dog to respond to a command. The key to this method is that when you say ‘yes’, it has to be with an immediate reward. The reward doesn’t need to be food or a toy, but some kind of positive reinforcement that will make your dog want to repeat the behavior again. This makes sense since dogs learn best by association and they’ll associate the word ‘yes’ with whatever they were doing right before you said yes. For example if your dog was sitting on command before you said yes then he will know that sitting = getting attention from his owner = good things happen! So here’s how it works:

Ask For A Shake And Praise

Now that your dog knows the command, it’s time to train them on what you want them to do when they hear it.

When training a dog, be clear and consistent with your commands. This will make things easier for both of you!

Ask for a shake by saying “Shake!” and when he does, reward him with treats or praise (your choice). After giving him his treat/reward, say “Good boy!” in a happy tone of voice so he knows that he did well. Repeat this process until he starts doing it without any encouragement from you.

Use Your Training Clicker.

Clicker training is a great way to get your dog to listen to you, and it’s especially helpful for teaching the shake command. Clicker training is a positive method of training because it uses food rewards instead of negative punishment like yelling or hitting. With clicker training, you can train your dog on a daily basis without making him feel uncomfortable or afraid of you. You’ll also be able to get his attention and focus on what he needs to do by using positive reinforcement through treats and praise.

Here are some tips for using clicker training:

  • Get the right equipment – You will need an actual clicker (not just the sound) in order for this method of training to work properly! If possible, try getting one that looks like something else so that your pet will not associate it with treats at first glance (this makes our job easier!). Aside from this important tool, other items include: small piece of food such as kibble, treat pouch/baggie with zipper closure (so nothing spills), leash/harness if needed during walks/playtime outside home environment; paper towels or napkins nearby if there’s drool involved during playtime outside home environment…

Practice With Your Dog…A Lot.

It’s important to practice with your dog in different locations, with different people, in different moods and during distractions. For example:

  • Practice using a toy as a reward instead of food.
  • Practice shaking hands while wearing your favorite sweater.
  • Ask someone else to train your dog for you while you watch from afar so that they can see what they’re doing wrong or right without being there all the time (or having to do it yourself).

You can teach your dog to shake your hand with consistency and a little patience.

Teaching your dog to shake hands is an important part of training him or her to be a well-mannered, well-behaved member of society. It’s also a great way to build confidence with the dog so that he has more confidence in himself and his abilities. By teaching your dog this trick, you can help him become more confident and thus more able to interact with other people and animals confidently.


Teaching your dog to shake is not just a cute trick, but it can also be a great way to bond with your pet. Remember that training takes time and patience. When you’re feeling frustrated or upset, take breaks and come back later with fresh energy. You’ll both enjoy the outcome much more if you do!

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