GIVE YOUR PAW!
is a very simple trick to teach which later can be used as a base to teach
Simply say GIVE YOUR PAW and take Rovers paw. Praise
Rover and give Rover a treat. Repeat this step a couple times. Rover will
eventually get it and start raising his paw after you say GIVE YOUR PAW and
before you reach for it. Lots of praise! Stop training for the day and reward
Rover for being such a good boy!
In the next
training lesson say GIVE YOUR PAW and hold out your hand. If Rover remembers
Rover will put his paw in your hand. Lots of praise! If Rover forgot, back
up to the last step and pick up his foot for him a couple of times. Soon Rover
will catch on and place his foot in your hand.
You can add some variety to this trick by teaching Rover to give either his
right or left paw on command. Do this by using the same technique you used
for teaching GIVE YOUR PAW.