Step one: Hold a treat for your dog in a closed fist. Allow them to sniff and lick at your hand, which will eventually lead to them pawing at your hand.
Step two: As soon as they paw at your hand, give them the treat and either use a clicker to mark the action or say ‘yes’.
Step three: Continue doing this a few times before marking the action by saying ‘high five’.
Step four: Once they seem to have this mastered, switch your hand position to meet your hand with their paw. Then repeat until they meet your hand with their paw every time.
Step five: Now go and show off your hard work and your dog’s new skill!
Not only does this trick look great when you’re wanting to show off, it also helps your dog feel more comfortable having their paws handled; useful for grooming and a trip to the vets.
Training your dog also increases the bond between you and keeps your four-legged friend mentally stimulated.