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Shaping Paws Up

Not only is this a cute trick for your dog to learn, it is also a great way to help them stay fit and can help curb their desire to jump up!

Course Details

In order for your dog to hold one or both of their front paws up, they have to engage several muscles in their neck, shoulders, back and abdomen. Meaning, it can be a good workout for your dog to do this behavior!

Better than that, "Paws Up" is a really cute behavior for a dog to do and most dogs really enjoy doing the behavior itself. You can even weave it into your other training as a reward: do this other thing we are working on well and then we get to do the fun Paws-Up trick!

For those dogs who like to jump up or place their paws on you or something else, training this behavior can actually help to lessen them from doing so! Giving these dogs a proper outlet can mean they will do the unwanted behavior - jumping up or putting their paws on you - less. 

In this 4-week course, we will outline how you can shape your dog to do a "Paws-Up" behavior and how you can integrate it into all of your training. Fun will be had.

Meet Your Instructor

Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor

AKC Scent Work Judge
USCSS Judge and CSD
AKC CGC Evaluator
C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor

Should You Take This Course

Does your dog love to put their paws up on things? Put the behavior on cue, giving the dog an appropriate outlet, so they do it less in everyday life!

Are you looking to help your dog stay fit? When you a paws-up behavior correctly, you will be engaging the dog's core and back muscles - both crucial in helping them stay fit and injury-free!

What You Need for This Course
  • your dog

  • flat or martingale collar

  • back-clip harness (optional)

  • 6'-8' leash

  • mat or towel for your dog to lay on

  • LOTS of high-value and smelly treats

Course Outline
  • One Paw or Two Paws

  • Building the Dog's Strength

  • Keeping it Fun

  • Weaving Paws-Up Into Your Training

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Family Dog University is fortunate to have Dianna grant us license to feature her courses, seminars and webinars on our online dog training platform. All of the content in this course is created by, owned by, and the rights to the content, are reserved to Dianna L. Santos.


    Virtual equivalent to in-person group classes. Submit videos of your homework assignments and work directly with an online instructor.


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