I’ve never thought about the way it’s taught a dog to shake their hand before, but it’s definitely an effective way to start an important conversation with a dog. Make sure you ask your dog how they can help you before, and how they can help you remember the next time you need to shake hands with them.
As a dog owner, I think the most important part of a hand shake really is the “w” part. You can ask your dog to shake your hand because you want to say hello, but you don’t mean it.
This may seem counterintuitive, but the most important thing to remember with a hand shake is that you need to be in a calm and confident state of mind before you shake hands with your dog. This sounds like a weird thing to say, but that is the exact way a nervous person should go about a handshake, as if they dont feel quite confident at all.
The exact same thing. This was the case in a study I did with a client who was just learning to shake hands but wasn’t a fan. She was a bit nervous initially and kept reaching for the bottle of water, but by the end of the handshake, she was a happy and relaxed person. You might want to try this out with your dog first.
I’m not going to tell you to keep your hand close to your face. It would take me forever to do, and it would be better suited for a mental health clinic, but it’s certainly something for you to consider as you go about your day.
The best way to learn to perform a skill like this is to practice it on someone you trust. When I was a kid, I would always ask my parents for a lesson on something, and they’d always be happy to oblige. They’d just shake hands with me and say, “Watch, its going to be fun!” It’s a good lesson for you to pass on to your friends and family.
I know one time I went around to friends houses and did this, and I got so embarrassed I went home. No one was really that surprised, but I was embarrassed and a little concerned that they’d think I was a child.
Well, you probably just don’t know the right way to do it that well. Here’s the basic idea: You want to make a dog shake hands. It doesn’t have to be a formal hand shake. The best way to do it is to just grab a person’s hand and give them a nice little pat. If you don’t know where to start (and I do), I suggest looking up how to make a handshake.
I know how to shake hands, I just wish I didn’t have to explain it to a bunch of strange dogs.
The basic idea is to take a person, and teach them the basics of handshake. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the hand gesture is never something you should try to replicate. It’s basically a physical reaction to a person’s hand. If you were to hold someone’s hand and try to make a similar gesture, it would be extremely unnatural.