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Ask your dog if his paws are clean

Dog Trick 6. “Clean Paws”

Ask your dog if his paws are clean !!

 

It’s hilarious seeing a huge Great Dane doing this trick, as it takes them a fair bit of practice to get their balance right. Other than that, this is a pretty easy trick to teach most dogs :

  • Ask your dog to sit squarely in front of you.
  • Hold a treat just above his nose. As he reaches to smell it, slowly move it over his head. Your dog will rise and lean back to follow the path of the treat. If he raises even a small amount, praise and treat him.
  • Slowly increase the distance he has to rise before he gets the treat and eventually he will need to lift his paws off the ground. Now start to introduce the command word “Clean Paws”, “hands-up” or “Ask”.
  • Keep practicing this and over time lengthen the period he must hold this position before getting the treat.