The One Dog Trick That All Dogs Must Know The Hand Shake Trick

The first dog trick that is​ generally taught a​ dog is​ to​ shake hands,​ and there are very few puppy and dog owners who do not teach their pets this simple trick.

In most cases it​ is​ so easily accomplished that the​ amateur trainer does not know exactly how it​ was done,​ for if​ you​ take hold of​ a​ dog’s paw and say “paw” or​ “shake” and repeat the​ performance often enough and at​ odd times,​ it​ will be the​ most natural thing for a​ dog to​ place his paw in​ your hand as​ soon as​ you​ extend it​ and he hears the​ word “paw,​” to​ which he has become accustomed.

If during the​ training you​ always take hold of​ the​ right paw,​ this paw will always be the​ one he will give you,​ but he can be taught to​ give you​ the​ left paw by taking it​ when you​ make the​ request. you​ can make the​ performance more interesting by saying “shake hands” when you​ want the​ right paw and when you​ want the​ left paw say “left paw.”

This gives your audience the​ impression that your dog understands that it​ is​ customary to​ shake hands with the​ right hand and that he also possesses a​ left paw,​ in​ fact that is​ what he actually learns.

Should your dog offer you​ the​ left paw when you​ ask to​ “shake hands,​” repeat your command distinctly,​ and when he sees,​ after a​ moment or​ two,​ that you​ are not going to​ take the​ paw he offers,​ he will put it​ down and in​ all probability offer you​ the​ other paw,​ which is​ the​ one you​ want.

You should take it​ promptly and hold it​ for a​ minute,​ then pat him on​ the​ head and impress on​ him that he has pleased you​ by praising and giving him a​ treat. This trick of​ shaking hands can also be varied by asking the​ dog to​ show you​ his pulse,​ or​ the​ trick can be farther elaborated by saying to​ your dog when you​ want to​ show him off to​ friends or​ acquaintances:

“Buddy,​ old man,​ you​ are not looking well this morning; come here and let me feel your pulse,​”

and by putting a​ little emphasis on​ the​ word “pulse” the​ dog will come up to​ you​ and offer you​ his paw,​ and if​ you​ take it​ with an​ air of​ gravity it​ will impress your audience with your dog’s talent.

Some dogs,​ after sufficient practice at​ this trick,​ get so habitual that they continually offer their paw to​ every one who will take it,​ and a​ case is​ recorded of​ a​ half-grown puppy of​ one of​ the​ larger breeds which was so accustomed to​ offering his paw that one day when a​ strange cat made its appearance on​ the​ premises before the​ puppy. He made a​ rush at​ the​ intruder with every appearance of​ hostility,​ but when near the​ cat habit gained a​ mastery over instinct,​ and held out his paw as​ usual to​ offer a​ friendly hand shake.

Enjoy teaching your dog the​ hand shake trick and most importantly have fun!

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