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How to Teach Your Dog to Wipe His Feet, Part 2

Learn how to teach your dog to wipe his feet from professional dog trainer Andrea Arden in this Howcast dog training video, part 2 of a 2-part series.


So we'll see if he can do a good demo on this for us so you can get an idea of what this is going to look like. I don't want to lay the towel down until I'm ready to work because that's when he's most likely to pay attention to it is when it first arrives in the atmosphere. So I need to be prepared.

So I'm going to set it down. He's on it. I want to make sure I click that. I'm going to toss the food onto the towel, so that he's more interested in the towel than me. I'm getting some nice swiping already. Let's see if I might get more than one swipe. OK. He's getting a little bundled up in the towel. I'm going to clean that up for him. I'm going to see if we can get it again. I'm going to help him out. Yes. Again, I'm looking for wiping now. Yes. Good job, buddy. Good. Good!

I'm going to start tossing the treat off the towels so that he's coming back onto it to wipe his feet.
Good boy. Good. And this time, to get him off the towel, I'm going to click but treat him over here. Now that I know, I'm going to move this out while I'm talking to you because I don't want him to get confused by offering that behavior but not rewarding him. So it's important when you're training your dog to pay attention to what they're doing so you don't miss really good stuff.

I'm going to start trying to see if I can send him to the towel now that I know that I think he's going. I'm going to start putting on a queue, because I think it looks really good. Sit, please. Wipe your feet. I'm going to go back to see if I can get some more good swipes. Good. Reward him off the towel. Walter, wipe your feet. Good boy!

So I'm going to end him on that response because I thought it was really nice. And you also want to make sure that when you do a training session that you end on a good response, and that you end while your dog is still having a good time. You don't want to overdo it, so that was a great nice little short training session for Walter. Generally, when you're training this behavior, you're going to want to do multiple short sessions so that your dog accomplishes the behavior along the way. In each session, it's going to get better and better. And have fun training"wipe your feet", and I think you'll find it comes in useful on a rainy day.

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