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Lift one paw gently; no force

Kwali's paw lies on my hand

[c30182-kwalipawa.jpg] Kwali allows me to lift her paw

Be at the dog's level.

To be at the dog's level, you can squat down, or put the dog on a table. If you put the dog on a table or counter, make absolutely sure the dog cannot jump nor fall off, even in excitement. It's too easy to break a leg, or suffer a bad sprain.

Here, we are on a walk; I am holding two leashes - two dogs. I am squatting in the middle of the road (not much traffic here). We are relaxed, in the middle of a pleasant walk.

Have the dog sideways to you

This way, you avoid the innately threatening gesture of looming over the dog. Avoid staring the dog head-on in the face.

Lifting the paw

First, I place my hand behind the foreleg, then push very gently, with a very slight cupping of my palm to support the paw; then I lift gently, not high, just a little.If the dog retracts the paw, I just start over again. This picture was taken after Kwali had once retracted her paw. When I repeated, she allowed her paw to stay lying on my hand..

Slow and steady does the job.

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FOUNDATIONS. Work at the dog's pace; don't push the dog; do ask the dog to cooperate. If the dog moves away, let the dog go. Invite the dog back. If it doesn't come, let it be, and try again later. Both practice and real sessions should be short; no more than a few minutes each. If you don't succeed in three tries, wait at least hours before the next try.
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