How to Teach Your Dog to High-Five

Make your pooch the hippest dog on the block by teaching him how to greet you with a high-five.

You will need

  • A quiet area
  • A dog
  • Dog treats

Step 1 Pick quiet area Choose a quiet area where you and your dog can work without distractions.

Step 2 Let dog smell treat Place one of the treats in your palm, make a fist, and put your hand under your dog’s nose. Hold it four or five inches away from their face. Your dog may smell the treat and paw at your hand.

Step 3 Reward dog Reward your dog with a treat each time your dog paws at your hand. Repeat until your dog consistently touches your hand.

Step 4 Open hand for high-five Open your fist and hold your flat palm in the air vertically. Acknowledge each successful touch with a treat.

Step 5 Mark behavior with a verbal cue Add a verbal cue, like saying ‘High-Five!’ each time your dog touches your palm. Now you can celebrate with your dog, and he won’t leave you hanging.