Teach Your Dog To Cross Their Paws

Gemma | November 29th, 2009
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Not all dog training is about stopping bad habbits. There are various tricks you can teach your dog which are cute and make your dog look even more adorable than they already are!

A relatively simple truck to teach your dog is how to cross their paws. Dogs will often do this by accident anyway and it always makes me laugh when I see it. Follow these simple instructions to get your dog to cross their paws and then show all your friends and family.

Step 1.

Your dog will need to be in the down position. Obviously you need to train them to lay down before you can attempt to train them to cross their paws.

Step 2.

Now you need to get your dog to offer their paw on command. If they don’t already do this simply reach out and gently grab a paw. Make sure you click once using a clicker and offer a small treat each time you do this. Make sure your dog remains in the down position while doing this.

If your dog is struggling to undersrand how to give you their paw just use the treat in the palm of your hand. Put your hand a few inches away from one of their paws. In time they will naturally touch your hand in the hope you release the treat. Be sure to click each time they touch your palm.

Step 3.

Carry on getting your dog to offer you their paw but only focus on one paw at a time and do this repeatedly and click with a treat every time.

Step 4.

When your dog has reached the stage where you can rely on them to target your hand with one of their paws, slowly move your hand closer to your dog’s other front paw. Now in order to offer you is paw, they must lift it up and move over sideways in order to reach your hand. What may happen is that they may choose to lift the opposite paw instead of continuing with the trained paw. Each time this happens, all you have to do is pull away your hand and simply ignore this response from your dog.

Step 5.

Your almost done. When your dog can target your hand as it has moved to the opposite side, near his other paw, quickly snap your hand back at the last second. Their moved paw should now land right over the other paw and in a crossed-paw fashion. Be sure to click and offer a treat.

Step 6.

Continue repeating this training regimen and each time their paw crosses over, slowly fade your hand away so it is further from the dog. Eventually, your dog will automatically cross his paws when he sees your hand signal, and at increasingly longer distances away from you!

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