How To Train A Dog To Shake

How To Train A Dog To Shake

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

A dog that shakes on command is both useful and fun to watch. This is a natural behavior for a dog with a wet coat so not difficult to reinforce but looks great when performed by a dry dog. You can utilize this trick after a wet walk to keep water out of the house.

  1. This trick can easily be taught in everyday life purely by positive reinforcement. You will need a quick reaction and some treats available at any point.
  2. Over the next few days when you are with your dog observe him carefully, when he shakes his body (after a walk or a swim) reinforce and reward the behavior.
  3. That’s really it for this one, by reinforcing each time your dog does something naturally, he will eventually offer the behavior on a training session, and you can then simply strengthen the act and introduce the command word.

Top tip; There is no time limit, just keep reinforcing and wait for your dog to offer the behavior for a treat, have patience because he will and by that point it will be an established and impressive trick.

Dog trainers love this trick because this is truly dog training by positive reinforcement alone.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.