People can’t seem to get enough of dogs doing human-like things, and high fives are a hands-down favorite. Teaching your dog how to high five, or “give paw,” won’t stop their problem behaviors or save the world. But with a trick this cute, who cares?
Instead, try these steps. Start with your dog in a sitting position so they can more easily lift their paw.
If your dog is having trouble at this stage, it might be because they don’t understand that the game works the same way even when your hand is flat, open, and empty.
Before you repeat step three, try each of the following five times.
Hold your empty fist in front of your dog. Say “High Five!” then click/”Yes!” and reward. Hold your hand as if you were holding a baseball. Say “High Five!” then click/”Yes!” and reward.
I’ve just got one final nugget of wisdom: Once your dog is consistently high-fiving, begin to slowly reduce the frequency of your treats.
Start by rewarding them with food once every other high-five, then every third high-five. If your dog begins to struggle with the game, you know you’ve decreased the food too quickly.