Tired of yelling at your dog to stop jumping on people? Tell him to “give paw” instead!
Tricks aren’t just for fun; they can have numerous practical benefits. One of my favorite tricks is to “give paw.” It’s easy for many dogs to learn, and it provides a fun way to replace jumping on people, play biting your guests, and other exuberant behaviors. (I generally do not recommend this for shy dogs who are afraid to greet strangers, however.)
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Your cute new dog or puppy may bring some not-so-cute consequences: house soiling, furniture eating, or lack of doggie manners. Even as a dog trainer, I’ve felt a wave of “buyer’s remorse” after bringing home a new dog. Adding a dog to your family is a major change for both the humans and (especially) the canines, and it naturally comes with stress. But don’t despair! The tips below have helped me get through the awkward transition from having a doggie-roommate to a beloved family member.
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Congratulations to this awesome group of pups, who completed my BKLN Manners™ class at Brooklyn Dog Training Center! L to R: Handsome the staffie, Oak the basenji, Pablo the cockapoo, and Lan the mystery mix. (Not pictured: Lily. Get well soon!) These guys worked their butts off and made so much progress in only four weeks!
Kate is a certified dog behavior consultant, certified dog trainer, certified dog parkour instructor, and award-winning author in Brooklyn, NY with Doggie Academy and in Southbury, CT.