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How to Teach Your Dog to Wave Goodbye

Learn how to teach your dog to wave goodbye with this Howcast dog training video featuring professional dog trainer Andrea Arden.


Stelle and I are going to show you how to teach your dog to wave good-bye. When teaching this trick, you're going to want to have a clicker to mark when your dog has done something correct, as well as several small treats that you can use as rewards. Make sure your dog does like those treats.

It is easiest to teach your dog to wave good-bye by first teaching them a high five. Then you can transition over to the wave.

When teaching this, you can start by holding a treat inside of your hand. Most dogs will try to paw at something they want. The moment she does, that's when I'm going to click and then give her the treat.

So I'm trying to make my timing so that the click happens when her paw's actually touching my hand. If she tries to do this with both paws, I'm not going to reward. Only if it's with one paw. There.

Once your dog is doing that consistently, you can switch to an empty hand signal. That means there is no longer a treat in your hand. You can make that hand signal look like a high five. Very nice.

When your dog is doing that high five easily, you can work on switching to a wave. So this time I'm going to just hold my hand slightly out of her reach, hopefully capturing that wave. So you can see Stelle is trying to reach my hand. Can't quite, and that's what looks like a wave.

Now I can add on a verbal clue. My verbal clue is going to be the word 'bye'. I'm going to say that once and then give the hand signal. Bye.

With enough repetition she will begin waving at me on the verbal cue of 'bye'. Bye.

And that's how you teach your dog the trick of waving bye.

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