How to Teach a Dog to Shake

How to Teach a Dog to Shake
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How to Teach a Dog to Shake is a great trick! Who doesn’t want to shake their best friend’s hand? How cool is it to have your dog shake your friend’s hand as well?

Get the SIT command nailed down first before you start the shake training.

Well lets get to it…


Start with your dog in the seated position by giving the “SIT” command. Don’t praise, treat or reward at this point since there is more to come.

This step gets your dog set to start the shake trick. In a normal sit trick, you would praise and treat your dog when they sat correctly.

In this case, you want your dog to understand there is more to come than just the sit trick.


Show your dog a treat in your hand and hold it in front of their nose. When your dog starts sniffing, close your hand in a fist around the treat.

The purpose of this step is to get your dog interested in the treat in your hand. You want them to know it is there and want to get at it.


After a while they will move their paw to your hand with the treat. As soon as your dog’s paw touches your fist, say “SHAKE”, then PRAISE and REWARD.

After they were enticed with the treat in the last step, your dog will generally try to move their paw to tap your closed fist containing the treat.

There are several goals for this step. The first is to get your dog to bring their paw to your hand from the seated position. 

Next, you want to associate the “SHAKE” verbal command with this action.

Finally, you want to make sure your dog knows they did something right with a hearty Good Girl, Good Boy. At this same point, reward them the tasty treat.


Once you get them to touch your fist, all you need to do is open your hand and shake their paw as they raise it.

If your dog is having a little trouble understanding what to do, bump their paw with your fist that is holding the treat.

How to Teach a Dog to Shake is one of the easy tricks to teach your dog. With consistent training and a little patience, you will have your dog shaking hands in no time.

Drop a comment below to let us know how your training is going.

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Steve Larrivee

Steve Larrivee

As a dog lover since his youth, Steve Co-Founded Athenas Pets with his son Kevin to promote dog training to the masses. Athenas Pets, focuses on training products and providing the "know-how" so the average dog owner can train their dog like a pro.

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