|Barked: Fri Dec 27, '13 9:12am PST |
|ok that is just stinking CUTE!
My wife and I took Sarge for training. They did the "Shake" (like shake hands) command for fun but wasn't part of the real curriculum for testing. They told us we can opt out of the "Shake" part because we wouldn't want Sarge's huge catchers mitts swiping us. He didn't do it naturally. From the few responses here, I'm guessing Sarge is in the minority there?
We eventually taught him "Bones" like 'shake' or fist bumping/pound it. He mostly gets it. He gets praise if he swipes after I stick my hand out and say "Bones".
I have to correct him if he gives me "Bones" when I don't ask for it. I test him by sticking my hand out and saying nothing, or saying other words like "Car", "Refridgerator", or something.
You might want to try something similar with your dog. MAYBE it will work. Eventually, he'll come to understand that he shouldn't swipe unless you ask him to.
I'm working on a similar problem with Sarge. He gives paw/shakes/bones fine, but he swipes the back screen door when he want's to be let in. I have to camp the back door and open the door and correct him right away when he does it. I'm not making any progress on this. It can be frustrating.
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