If you want a well behaved dog and not a dog that begs for food then teach them different tricks and always make sure they wait before you feed them, so teach your dog to give paw and it not only teaches your dog to wait but it gives them a job to do.
Teaching your dog to give paw is an easy trick to do but you must make sure your patient. As soon as your puppy first arrives home then you should start puppy training straight away as it gives the dog rules and boundaries.
2 Different Methods To Teach Your Dog To Give Paw
The first method is to use a treat and place it in your hand, then close your hand so that the dog knows its there. You dog should start trying to paw at the treat; sometimes he will try and use his mouth but be patient and wait for their paw to hit your hand.
As soon as their paw touches your hand, give them lots of praise and reward with the treat.
Keep repeating this step until your dog is finding it easy, then you can start to add a verbal command or a hand signal.
Once your dog comfortably knows the command you can say, “Give other paw” or “right paw” “left paw” or any other command you like. Simply wait for your dog to give you their paw and then offer the reward and lots of praise.
Gradually lower the amount of treats until your dog can offer it without getting the reward.
I find asking for paw when feeding your dog a great way to keep reinforcing the trick as you have to feed your dog 2-3 times a day so it makes it easy and they will learn it very quick.
2nd method to teach your dog to give their paw
The second method is how “Snug The Shug” learned to give her paw and it was much quicker than the 1st method.
All you need to do is simply get some treats and then simply raise their paw and start rubbing it soft and saying “paw” after 2-3 seconds give them the paw.
Repeat this step 3-5 times then simply ask your dog to give paw. They should offer you their paw which when they do you should offer lots of praise and a big reward.
If they don’t offer you their paw, simply repeat the steps again by lifting and rubbing their paw and saying “paw”.
This method I only had to do it about 10 times and Snug was happily giving me her paw.
Again keep repeating the steps until your dog knows it well then you can start rewarding less and remember to ask for her paw throughout the day.
Make your puppy or dog sit and give paw before you put their lead on, or give them food, or even when you give them a toy.
So those are the 2 methods to teach your dog to give their paw. If you get stuck just remember to go back a step and always be in a calm state and never rushed when training your dog.
If your dog already knows the command give paw, then consider more advanced tricks like “High Five” and “High Ten”.