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How to Teach a Dog to Shake Hands

Watch more Dog Training 101 videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Teach a dog to shake hands and impress friends and passersby with this neat trick. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get them to sit While looking at your dog, give the command for "sit." While their backside and rear legs are touching the ground, they should be putting their weight on their front legs. Tip While working with your dog, get them to sit in a corner where they can't easily walk away if they get distracted. Step 2: Extend your hand While maintaining eye contact, give the command "shake hands," extend your hand, and touch their right front paw. Step 3: Raise the paw If your dog doesn't raise their paw, lift it for them. Repeat this step until your dog raises their paw on their own. Reward your dog with a treat and words of praise such as "good boy!" or "good girl!" Step 4: Switching paws After your dog correctly responds to the "shake hands" command six times with one paw, repeat the steps with the other paw. For this variation of the trick, use the command "other paw," reinforcing the correct response with a treat and praise. Step 5: Try it out Try it out with friends, neighbors, and even passersby while out walking with your dog. It never fails to impress! Did You Know? Some historians believe the handshake was first used in medieval times to make sure a stranger didn't have a weapon hidden in their hand.
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