Training your dog to play shy is a fun and simple trick. Your dog will look incredibly cute rubbing his paw along the length of his nose or against his eyes as if he is too shy to even look at someone. Dogs who know how to play shy are often the life of a party. There's some irony in that because anyone who is shy knows you are not the life of the party. But if you were a dog and you had a cute trick such as playing shy, you would certainly draw a lot of attention from others. This trick is cute, sweet, and incredibly tender. The largest and fiercest of dogs could appear to be sweet and sensitive while playing shy. Be sure you ask your friends to tell your dog to play shy, and get ready for all the comments of admiration.
Training your dog to play shy starts with a simple 'sit' command. If your dog knows this, playing shy is not going to be difficult at all. You will be teaching your dog essentially to take his paw, cover his eyes, and rub the side of his snout. To do this, you need to give him a reason to rub his nose. A tickle along the side of his nose, an annoying but gentle tap, or even a sticker or piece of tape will be enough to get your dog to wipe the side of his face with his paw. This is an easy trick, but if your dog doesn’t get it within a few minutes, shorten your training sessions to keep his attention. It may take a few sessions to master playing shy, but most dogs will get the motion and the command within a few minutes. If this is your dog, spend other training sessions building up his confidence, smoothing out the moves with him, and ensuring he understands the command.
To teach your dog to play shy, you will need lots of treats to reward him for a job well done. At least one method uses stickers, so at least one sticker to place on his nose will be required. A piece of tape will work too. Bring patience and lots of energy to your training sessions so he knows he’s going to have fun and get rewards. Keep your training sessions under fifteen minutes, but you can do this several times a day if you’d like.