A friend comes over to meet your Labrador puppy for the first time. Rather than jumping all over her, your pup drops his rear end to the floor. You say "shake" and your friend and your puppy politely shake hands. Your friend is amazed! How lucky are you to have such an amazing dog.
Training your puppy to shake hands is a cute trick, but it also has good behavior benefits. This command is a good way to redirect your puppy's energy when he meets new people. It can also help solidify a command he already knows, 'sit', and create a stronger bond between you. 'Shake' is an easy command to learn, especially if your puppy is already familiar with 'sit'. With consistent training and some yummy treats, most puppies can learn this trick in just a couple of sessions.
When you start training the 'shake' command, choose a quiet area of your house without too many distractions. Puppies have short attention spans and are easily distracted. Choosing an empty room gives your Labrador puppy a better chance at success. You will also need some high-value training treats, ideally ones that have a strong smell so your puppy stays interested. If you are doing clicker training, you can use your clicker with this command.