Every dog owner would like to learn how to teach the Give Paw trick.
This is a trick that is not hard to teach to your dog. The nice thing about teaching your dog the give paw trick is that it enriches him or her mentally as well as physically. Read on if you want to learn how to teach the give paw trick.
Make it fun and enriching
The first thing you should keep in mind when teaching your dog this trick is ensuring that the training is fun and enriching for you and your dog. At the same time, you also need to resist the temptation of grabbing your dog when teaching him this trick. The right way to teach your dog the give paw trick is to break down the entire training process into small steps. That you and the dog will find easy to achieve.
Move in the right direction
At the outset, you should refrain from looking for the end result. Instead, make sure you look to move in the right direction and you need to be patient about the entire process. Thus, instead of grabbing your dog’s feet when giving it the paw command. You need to be more circumspect. Keep in mind that it is normal for dogs, when they cannot get something with their mouths, will use their paws.
Give paw training step 1 – use treats
The first step when learning how to teach the give paw trick is to grab a handful of treats in your hand. Then put your hand close to the dog and make sure it cannot get the treats out of your hand. At the same time, wait for your dog to move its paws. As soon as your dog moves its paw (even a little bit) reward him with a treat to let him know he is doing the right thing.
Step 2 – praise your dog when it gives its paw
Also, when your dog moves its paw, you should not only give it a treat but also praise him with a word by saying good. This reinforces your dog’s behavior and motivates him to move its paw. Slowly but surely your dog will get used to giving its paw. You can then gradually withdraw giving it a treat when it moves its paw. Over time, he or she will learn to give pay without being rewarded for it and that is what you are looking for in the first place.
Repeat the exercises
The more you repeat these exercises, the more likely it is that your dog will get used to giving its paw. Then, when its paw touches your paw you can praise your dog by saying good. This allows your dog to associate giving the paw with praise and your dog will understand that that is what is expected of it.
Of course, you can reward your dog when it gives you its paw. Just make sure that you slowly increase the time between giving of the paw and the giving of the treat as a reward. Soon, he will start to give his paw readily and it will have learnt how to give paw. After a while, he will even get used to giving his paw when you say the command paw.
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