I get many calls a week where the puppy, or even an older dog, thinks that the children are a toy and sometimes even start nipping! Here is a game to play that will help your dog learn appropriate interaction with the kids.
What you will need:
Handful of treats (We used Dr. Harvey’s Coconut Smiles)
And your kids (and if you don’t have any- well you’ve just got a great trick)
1.Cue your dog to sit.
2.Take his paw in your hand and move it up and down. As you are moving it up and down say “shake.” You may have to help your child, depending on age. My son, Anthony, is teaching Boy “shake” today. He is five and needed a little assistance.
3.Deliver a treat. My son is more comfortable with putting the treats on the floor in front of the dog and that’s okay. Other children will be comfortable handing the dog a treat. And if you couldn’t tell, Boy sure does love his Coconut Smile treats! Yum yum!
4.Continue to repeat this in 1 minute sessions for the next few days.
5. On third day of training, hold out your hand and say “shake.” See what your dog does. If he puts his paw in your hand, he’s got it! Praise and deliver a treat. Repeat this for several sessions.
Let us know how it goes for you and your dog! What do your kids enjoy best about teaching shake or other tricks?
PS. If you want to try out Boy’s favorite treat, save 10% by using code: MH117