Teaching your dog to shake can be one of the easiest dog tricks to teach because once your dog understands it becomes a natural action. As a matter of fact, it might take just one or two short sessions. Before you know it, he or she will be doing several variations of the trick.
If your dog has any type of degenerative joint disease or arthritis, check with your veterinarian before proceeding because even simple and easy tricks like this one can place stress on your dog’s joints and cause pain.
In order for a dog to learn, he or she must first know how to sit. Once the dog is sitting down, in a clear and affirmative tone say the word “shake” then reach down and literally lift his paw. Give the dog some sort of reward (for example, a treat) and say “good shake” two or three times. Let go of the paw and repeat several times.