Teaching a dog to give high-five can be fun! It is one of the easiest tricks to teach your dog. This can strengthen your relationship with the dog. Grab high-value treats to encourage your dog to internalize the command quicker.
How Long Will It Take to Teach a Dog to high-five?
Learning span will vary depending upon how fast the dog is acquiring the concept. Most dogs will readily master the skill, whereas a few might take time. Your consistency and generosity will help your dog to grasp the idea quickly.
Tools Needed to Teach a Dog to high-five
Tools you need to teach your dog to high five are:
Steps to Teach a Dog to high-five
Here, we have outlined a few brief steps to teach your dog to high-five:
Step 1: Get Ready for Training
- Locate a Distraction-free Place to Train
- You’ll have to select a place free from distraction and then train your dog. This will help your dog to focus and learn to high-five fast.
- Give High-Value Treats
- Be Careful While Training
- Reward your dog when your dog performs the desired action. Do not reward your dog after or before the task is done. This would mistakenly encourage bad behavior.
Step 2: Teach Your Dog to Sit
- Start Training Your Dog
- Your dog must first learn to sit before you can teach them to high-five. You can skip this step if your dog already knows how to sit and go straight to teaching them how to high-five.
- Begin Hiding Treats
- You should start hiding the treat from your dog after he learns to sit on command. Guide your dog into a sitting position throughout this phase of training without a treat in your hand.
- Reward after your dog performs the task, but keep it hidden until the task is done.
- Remove Hand Signals
- You will have to eliminate the hand signals after your dog has learned to sit with your hand guiding it into place. Add a verbal cue ‘sit’ instead of hand gestures.
Step 3: Teach Your Dog to High-Five
- Keep a Treat Ready
- Command your dog to sit.
- After he sits, sit on the opposite side, facing him.
- Make a closed fist with one of your dog’s favorite goodies. Remember, your fist should be in a vertical position.
- Allow your dog to become aware of the reward you are carrying by presenting the hand with the treat to it.
- Wait patiently until your dog paws at your hand.
- Introduce the High-Five Command
- Introduce the High-five command when he attempts to paw at your hand for the treat.
- Instead of offering a closed fist with the goodie inside, give a high-five with your hand.
- Reward, when he touches your palm.
- Repeat this with high-value treats.
- Introduce Verbal Command “High-Five”
- Keep the procedure the same.
- When he touches your palm, say ‘High-Five” in a happy tone, loud and clear.
- Then treat him lavishly.
- Repeat this procedure.
- Your verbal command and touching your palm will help your dog understand that he will get a treat if he touches your palm while sitting.
- Repeat the entire procedure with the other hand.
- Remove Treats
- By now, your dog has acquired the command. Hence, it is time to eliminate the treats gradually.
- Instead of treats, reward him with lots of love and generosity.
- Train High-Five with Open Hand
- After eliminating the rewards, repeat the entire process with an open palm.
- Reward only when the desired task is done and acquired by your dog.
- Be patient while training.
- Never force your dog for training.
- Consider training with other people with the help of a leash if you want him to high-five others.
- Never train for more than 15 minutes.
- Exercise your dog before training to gather concentration.
Training your dog to high-five can be fun. After your dog has mastered the command, use it every time when he completes his desired tasks. Then, reward him with a high-five as a positive reinforcement. You and your dog will have a gala time after mastering this fun trick!