How do I teach my 3 month old puppy "shake"?

Ella knows "Sit" and "Lay Down", although Lay Down still has to be accompanied by the hand movement. I know that we start with "Sit" to teach her to shake paw, but I'm lost as to how to proceed. What are some of your successful techniques for teaching this? I tried looking it up on Google, but they only provided videos.

Asked by Ella on Sep 19th 2012 in Commands
Report this question Get this question's RSS feed Send this question to a friend


  • Cast your vote for which answer you think is best!


Bruno CGC

I have taught two dogs to "shake" by first getting them to sit (as you know) and then picking up their paw, immediately offering a small yummy treat, then release paw. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Eventually both started offering the paw on their own, which is when I added the command "Shake!" You can refine it from there.

Bruno CGC answered on 9/20/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


My puppy is 3 months old and has recently learned to shake. All I did was tell her to sit and then showed her a treat and said shake while taking her paw and shaking it. I did this a couple times a day for a couple weeks and eventually she just caught on and now when I say shake she puts her paw out.

Ellie answered on 9/21/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


First, get her to sit. Then, get a treat put it up to her nose then bring it up away from her nose. Once her paws go up a little bit grab it and say shake and give treat.

Lucy answered on 2/16/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer