Paws On/ Paws Off
Teaching your dog to put his paws on/paws off can be used in everyday life. You can use it to ask them to get off objects, such as sofas or beds or if they jump up you can also ask them for paws off and can be used in trick training. It can also be used on fun to interact with your dog more asking them to put their paws on/paws off different objects on walks.
- To start with use a stool or low object that they are not going to slip on and you do not want them to slip and hurt themselves or frighten themselves. It would be useful to have your dog on lead for this exercise to have more control.
- You want to lure you dog onto the stool with a treat until they have their front two paws on the stool.
- This may take a bit of time and patience with them trying to go around the stool rather than stand on it.
- Don’t use the cue word ‘paws on’ to begin with until your dog is doing the behaviour.
- You can introduce the cue word ‘paws off’ straight away, once he has his two front paws on the stool use a treat to lure him off the stool and say ‘paws off’.
- Once you have him consistently going on to the stool you can introduce the cue word ‘paws on’.
Carrie Stuthridge runs and owns Carrie’s Canines & Friends which provides Dog Walking, Puppy & Dog Training School, Behaviour Consultations & Pet Care Services