How To Train A Dog To Shake and How To Train A Dog To Play Dead? You can teach an old dog new tricks or teach a new dog old tricks. Whatever the order, do it right and your pet will respond and learn. Before long, your dog will be a hit at parties or family get-togethers. Do not push your dog to perform, let them rest occasionally.
- Handshakes or rather paw shakes are one of the easiest tricks. Dogs often automatically hand their paw over when you open your palm for it; call it a gesture of some sort, but they do it. The trick is in training the dog to do it on cue.
- You will certainly need doggy treats to instil your meaning.
- Simply take your dog’s paw and shake it. It will be open to the sensation and when followed up with a reward (the doggy treat) will associate the paw shake with getting a treat.
- Use the word ‘shake’ whenever you do this so the dog can associate the word and the action with the reward. This is training, after all.
- Assurances and praises like ‘good girl’, ‘good boy’, ‘good dog’, and so on help the pet understand that it is doing something to impress or please you. Dogs respond to kindnesses better than scolding.
- The treats encourage the dog to continue or much like a bored kindergartener they will go back to doing something else; you do not want your pet to lose interest in the process.
- Repeat the drill five times a week until your pet has gotten the hang of it. You know what they say about out of mind being out of sight. If the dog is not exposed to the practice of pawshaking, it will filter it out for other more interesting goings-on.
- The trick resembles a high-five, or rather low-five, when you see the dog give you its paw.
Teaching a dog to play dead is actually tricky. They can perform this trick on their back or side to imitate being dead. While it sounds rather macabre, it is actually cute to watch a dog do this.
- The dog should be in a relaxed state or it will only leap about and never lie down on the floor or carpet.
- When you have gotten your pet to lay down, use cue words like ‘play dead’ as your trick-command.
- Give them a treat when they stay and accomplish that ‘pose’ for a few seconds.
- Reassurances are certainly important.
- At this time, you also need to use ‘release’ words like ‘yes’ or ‘that’s it’ to let the dog know that it can get back up and stop playing dead.
- This trick will take more practice than the pawshaking one.