Teach Your Dog To Give You A High-Five

Next time your dog does something great, celebrate with a high five. It is easy and fun to teach your dog this cute trick.

Choose a quiet, distraction-free area for training and have an ample supply of small-size, but yummy and soft treats. Examples of “high-value” treats for dogs include chopped up hot dogs and/or cheese.
 

 

For more fun training ideas and training help for your dog, contact the AKC GoodDog! Helpline team.

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Facing Dog

1. Sit on the floor facing your dog. You might want to have your dog on leash, if they tend to get distracted and wonder away.
 

Treat Near Face

2. Put one treat in your hand and close your fist around it. Hold your hand, under your dog’s nose a few inches away from his face.
 

Paw And Praise

3. Don’t do anything or say anything if your dog smells your hand. Wait until your dog paws your hand and then quickly reward him by opening your hand and letting him have the treat. Don’t forget to also praise.
 

Repeat Empty Handed

4. Repeat this until your dog consistently touches your hand with his paw for the treat. Now do not have a treat in your first, but hold the hand in the same position near your dog and when they paw your hand, praise and give a treat from your pocket or treat bag, etc.
 

High-Five Position

5. Now open your hand in the high-five position, facing your dog, and raise it in front of him (no treat on hand). Each time your dog touches your hand, reward him with a treat.
 

Repeat And Reward

6. Repeat this and continue rewarding your dog for touching your open palm. If he is consistently touching your open hand, you can now add the verbal cue, “high five!” every time his paw hits your hand.
 

Verbal Cue

7. Now try giving him the verbal cue while raising your palm and see if he will give you a high five.

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