How To Teach A Dog To High Five?

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Teaching your dog to high five is a fun and easy way to bond with your furry friend and show off their skills. It’s a simple trick that most dogs can learn quickly, and it’s sure to impress your friends and family.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to teach your dog to high five:

1. Get your dog’s attention.

Start by getting your dog’s attention with a treat or toy. Once they’re looking at you, hold out your hand in a fist with the treat inside.

2. Say the command.

Say the command “High five!” in a clear and excited voice.

3. Wait for your dog to paw your hand.

Your dog may be curious about the treat in your hand and paw at it. As soon as they do, say “Yes!” or click your tongue and give them the treat.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times, gradually increasing the amount of time you wait for your dog to paw your hand.

5. Add a visual cue.

Once your dog is consistently pawing at your hand, you can add a visual cue, such as raising your hand or making a fist. This will help your dog to learn the trick more quickly.

6. Start fading the treats.

Once your dog is reliably high-fiving you on command, you can start to fade the treats. This means giving them a treat less often, until you are only giving them a treat every few high fives.

7. Practice in different environments.

Once your dog is high-fiving you reliably in a quiet environment, start practicing in different environments, such as in the park or at a friend’s house. This will help your dog to learn that the trick can be performed anywhere.

8. Be patient and consistent.

Teaching your dog a new trick takes time and patience. Be consistent with your training and don’t get discouraged if your dog doesn’t learn the trick right away. Just keep practicing and they’ll get there eventually.

some additional tips for teaching your dog to high five:

  • Use high-value treats that your dog loves. This will make them more motivated to learn the trick.

  • Keep training sessions short and fun. If your dog gets bored or frustrated, they’re less likely to learn.

  • End each training session on a positive note, even if your dog didn’t quite get the trick. This will help them to associate training with positive experiences.

  • If your dog is struggling to learn the trick, try breaking it down into smaller steps. For example, you could start by teaching them to simply touch your hand with their paw.

  • Seek help from a professional dog trainer if you’re having trouble teaching your dog the trick.


Once your dog has learned to high five, you can start teaching them other tricks, such as shake, sit, and stay. You can also teach them to perform tricks in a sequence, such as high five, sit, and shake. The possibilities are endless!

Variations on the high five trick

Once your dog has mastered the basic high five trick, you can teach them some variations, such as:

  • Left paw/right paw: Teach your dog to high five you with either paw.
  • Double high five: Teach your dog to high five you twice in a row.
  • High five with a bow: Teach your dog to bow and high five you at the same time.
  • High five with a spin: Teach your dog to spin around and high five you.
  • High five while standing on their hind legs: Teach your dog to stand up on their hind legs and high five you.

These variations are more challenging, but they’re also more fun and impressive. Just be patient and consistent with your training, and your dog will be able to learn any trick you teach them.


Benefits of teaching your dog tricks

Teaching your dog tricks has a number of benefits, including:

  • Mental stimulation: Learning new tricks helps to keep your dog’s mind active and engaged.
  • Improved obedience: Teaching your dog tricks can help to improve their obedience and recall.
  • Stronger bond: Teaching your dog tricks is a great way to bond with them and build trust.
  • Fun and exercise: Learning and practicing tricks can be fun and provide exercise for your dog.



Teaching your dog to high five is a fun and easy way to bond with your furry friend and show off their skills. With a little patience and consistency, most dogs can learn the trick quickly. Just follow the steps above and you’ll have your dog high-fiving you in no time!

Andie Lee

Andie Lee

Hi there, dog lovers! I’m Andie Lee, a student who’s head over tail in love with all things canine. HOPE you like my blog :-)

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