Most children over the age of 7 years can be taught basic training techniques and in fact many children are more persistent than adults when it comes to training the family pet!

4. Repeat this until your dog starts to lift his foot as soon as you reach toward it, now you can also add the verbal cue "shake" as you reach toward his paw!

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3. Your dog will probably sniff your hand, lick your hand, and eventually he will try some other tactics, such as pawing at your hand.

You can either use the hand on the same side of your dog’s paw (i.e., your right hand and your dog’s left paw, and vice versa), or use a different names like "paw" and "shake" to differentiate between your dog’s right and left.

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Teaching your dog to grab paw is also known as teaching your dog to give you his paw. This trick is easy for dogs to learn, especially for dogs that already use their paws to play or get attention.[1] With a little bit of patience and a handful of treats, it won’t be long before your dog learns this trick.

Shake is a fun dog trick that's fairly easy to train a dog to do. Most dogs learn this trick quickly. After just a few short training sessions your dog will be offering his paw for a shake every time he meets someone new!

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Teaching your dog some simple tricks is fun and entertaining for both you and your pooch. The success you’ll have training your dog depends on rewarding correct behavior. Different dogs like different rewards – some like food, some like praise and some will do just about anything for a little one-on-one playtime with you. Find the reward that best motivates your dog to learn and make sure you work with your dog for 5-15 minutes each day, ending each session with a reward.

3. Verbally praise and reward your dog with a treat!

This version of How to Teach a Dog to Grab Paw was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on December 5, 2015.

Once your dog is offering his paw on command, you can begin phasing out the need to hold the treat in your closed hand. Here's how to do it:

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Teach your dog to 'shake hands' or 'give paw'. This trick is simple to teach and can form the basis of more advanced tricks.

There are two methods to teach this trick. The first method involves your dog targeting your hand with his paw, and the second encourages your dog to move away from pressure.

5. Repeat this waiting game until the dog is lifting his paw into your hand. Keep rewarding him and start adding a verbal cue. Say "shake" as you present your hand and soon your dog will be eagerly shaking paws with you!

The only things needed when training a dog to shake paws is your dog and a handful of treats. If you are clicker training, you will need your clicker.

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2. Your dog may immediately pick up his foot to move away from the gentle pressure, or it may take a few moments of repeated light tapping before he picks up his foot. As soon as he starts to bend it and move away from your finger, gently sweep your hand forward and pick up his paw.

1. Hold out your empty hand, palm up, at a height close to your dog’s knee level.

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Most dogs pick this trick up quickly in one or two sessions. Once your dog has learned to give one paw, try training him to give the other paw by using your other hand to hold the treat, and teach him a separate cue word for his other paw. For example if you taught him to give his right paw for the command 'Shake' use 'Paw' for his left paw. 

There are a few things you can do if your dog has trouble learning to shake:

4. The moment your dog lifts his paw (even if he hasn't made contact with your hand), tell him "good dog!" and reward him with a yummy treat.

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Remember, dogs don't generalize well so just because he knows how to shake with his right paw doesn't mean he knows how to shake with his left paw! Just re-do the steps in either of the above methods with your dog’s other paw and use a different cue for it.