Weekly Trick – Wave
It’s time for the weekly trick! This trick is called “wave”. It’s not rated as a very difficult trick, the only prerequisite is that your dog should know how to sit and shake a paw.
First, have your dog sit, and then say your command to shake a paw. Don’t take the paw, instead move your hand up and back and forth. This will cause the dog to move their paw in a “waving” type motion. As the dog is doing this, say the word “wave” several times. Make sure to praise profusely once the dog is moving their paw in the waving type motion. Also have treats handy.
Next, once the dog has learned that motion consistently, move to the side of the dog and then say “wave”. You can also move your hand in a waving motion. Keep doing it until the dog starts doing it and once they do, praise profusely and give treats. Sometimes dogs won’t raise their paw too high, but you can get them to raise it higher as if they are waving by waving the treat at the height you want the dog to wave their paw. Keep practicing and make sure the dog can do it consistently. Once they can do it about five times in a row, then that is considered a “learned trick.”
I have a video so that you can see for yourself what I am describing. Again, it is NOT ME in the video, but this will give you a visual of what the trick should look like.
There are other ways to have your dog learn this trick, but I found this one the easiest. Sasha picked this up quickly and learned this trick in about 15 minutes. I hope it works for your dog! Have fun.