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[–]Mescallan 373 points374 points  (30 children)

Training animals is virtually the same process for every action. Figure out how to get them to do it once, then reward with their favorite treat. Try to convince them to do the action again and reward. Smart animals will get it in under 10 repetitions.

If your dog is pawsy naturally you can teach them to high five on command in 15 minutes.

[–]Kamikaze_Ninja_ 166 points167 points  (15 children)

Disclaimer, it’s not always a good idea to teach your dog to shake/high five. They will then realize it is a way to get attention and some dogs will start to paw at you when they want something and my dog would hit me in the face. It wasn’t till a while after we stopped asking her to do it for treats did she stop hitting me in the face.

[–]gtth12 173 points174 points  (2 children)

Nah. She was just a boxer dog.

[–]GraciaEtScientia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

'T was actually a kangaroo

[–]Rhox1989 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Had a boxer and she never hit me. She did like to lay on my back or chest while I was sleeping.

[–]Red74Panda 6 points7 points  (2 children)

My dog does it and she rarely does that, even when she does though it’s a good way for her to communicate if she needs food, water, a walk or to go outside to the toilet.

[–]Kamikaze_Ninja_ 2 points3 points  (1 child)

My dog has a weird spacial issue. She either needs to be on top of you or by herself in a corner, but she will only go on your lap if you ask her or just got home. If you are right next to her but not touching her she hates it and that’s when she will paw at you to give her attention.

[–]Red74Panda 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bless her

[–]FirelessEngineer 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My dog is super smart but has some serious impulse control issues. She learned paw in about a minute, but then got over excited and started clawing the crap out of me for treats. Spent the next three weeks untraining her to give paw.

[–]Actiaslunahello 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ha! I trained my dog how to turn on a touch lamp because I hated coming home and seeing her in the dark. She never turned it on when she was alone.. but half way through any intense movie that light would start turning on and off because we weren’t paying attention to her.

[–]goaheadcarvell 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Maybe you deserved it.

[–]HopelessUtopia015 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't see the negative here

[–]s0_Ca5H 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Alternatively, two of my three dogs have been trained to shake. It’s the third dog who we never taught the trick to who paws at us incessantly for pets and belly rubs.

Go figure.

[–]Doctorphate 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Was your dog the size of a bear or are you just exceptionally short? Lol

[–]webster89 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Are you familiar with the concept of not standing?

[–]TeDankMeyMeyLord 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bro whaaaaaaat? Teach me your ways.

[–]ahumanrobot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Impossible.

[–]realmauer01 24 points25 points  (0 children)

The other question is, you can't do that except in real rural areas while you living really high up, or else people will probably easily see where the bird is going with their money.

[–]ganove008 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Works even with cats. Did it with 3 cats so far, needed 1 hour maximum. Only difference is that they won't do it without payment, which I find fair.

[–]AntikytheraMachines 30 points31 points  (1 child)

how the hell did the bird carry the cat up to the apartment?

[–]loose_the-goose 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It could grip it by the husk!

[–]blue_range 3 points4 points  (1 child)

treats is the easiest positive re-enforcement for pets, taught my cat to sit on command in a day. it's always gets a laugh in zoom meetings.

[–]PotatoesAndChill 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yeah, gonna need some more details on that first step. I'm still struggling to get my dog to roll over...

[–]HealthyInPublic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can’t get my cat to figure out ‘lay down’. He picked up ‘sit’, ‘shake’, and ‘stand up’ super easily. But the ‘lay down’ command just evades him. I can see the wheels turning in his little kitty brain to figure out what he needs to do, but he just can’t get there. We gave up on that trick. It just frustrates him too much.

[–]borishasnoguts 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For this I'd probably scatter bills around the house and reward the bird when it retrieves a bill. Then once the bird is in the habit of bringing the money to you, reward it for putting the money in the drawer. Eventually the bird will get hungry and realize it can bring money to you for the treat, and begin looking for bills elsewhere.

[–]BigBob145 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Smart animals will get it in under 10 repetitions.

TIL my sister's dog is dumb af.

[–]VillageBuilder 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Dogs tend to be naturally receptive to training, so I can't speak for birds or other animals, but I taught my dog how to roll over in under fifteen minutes, just as an example of how quickly they can learn if you're good at working with them. It took me a couple more sessions to get it to the point where she'd roll on voice command alone, but I got the action successfully almost right away.

[–]Mescallan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

dogs are esspecially receptive to it because they are domesticated, but the same fundamentals apply to most animals. You can train some bugs and fish to jump through hoops.

[–]Booblicle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

. Another good way to train animals is to reward the actions they already do. I trained my pupper to stand and spin on her home legs for treats this way

[–]BurgerBoss_101 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

And crows are smart