Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Training Tip Tuesday, SHAKE/HIGH FIVE, Sponsored by Anytime K9

Hello my canine companions. It's Riley with another tip for your humans. This week my human taught me a fun trick called "shake/high five" and it made me look so cool. I show off in front of other humans and dogs alike when my person's football team scores. The coolest thing about this trick is that it's like learning two tricks in one. First I learned "shake" then I learned "high five."

So my human sat down on the floor in front of me with my favorite treat in one hand. She picked up my paw with her empty hand and shook it while saying "shake." She gave me a treat right after shaking my paw and told me what a good boy I was. I know this already but it's always nice to hear. She continued to grab my paw and say "shake" until finally I just gave her my paw as soon as she asked for it. Well she said very excitedly "you are such a good boy" and gave me three treats this time. Awesome! My human is so cool. She began to stand up now and ask me to shake and I did every time. She would shake my hand up an down and then treat me.

Well needless to say it did not take me long to catch on and I was shaking like a pro when she added another step. She stood in front of me like she was going to ask for a shake but when I lifted my paw, she hit my pad instead of grabbing it and said "high five." "What just happened?" I thought but I got the treat anyway so I didn't mind. She continued to lift her hand and as I hit it she would quickly say "high five" and treat me. Eureka I thought. I get it now. Hold on to my paw and move it up and down is a shake. Hit my paw in the air is a high five. Too easy. So many treats so little work. Pass it on.

CEO (Canine of Extraordiary Obedience)

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