How to teach your dog to hug

How to teach your dog to hug, with Cohen the Australian Shepherd. A video!

This is the way I taught Cohen to hug her toys (and capture them with her paws). I wasn’t familiar with any videos breaking down the actions online so I decided to make my own.

Have photos of your pets hugging? Please share in the comments below.

I’m sure there are many other methods for teaching this technique. If you trained it some other way, I ‘d wonder to understand exactly what you did. Share them listed below too!

 

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26 Responses to “How to teach your dog to hug”

  1. Neotuxedo LEE

    Apr 03. 2015

    Excellent ! Good Job !

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  2. fasfan

    Dec 07. 2015

    This dog gets all the AWWWs.

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  3. Positive Ferrets

    Dec 19. 2015

    I LOVE THIS!! 🙂 Thank you for such a clear video, my dogs and ferrets will be trying this today 😀

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  4. TruSkater

    Jan 25. 2016

    cool I have an Aussie like that his name is Charlie

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  5. Vicki Depies

    Jan 29. 2016

    Hi Jess! I watch for your Facebook posts with great eagerness, but I think you already know that! The hug trick is on my “to do” list with Lexi, and I’ve broken down your video into small steps. I’m wondering if you have a video to teach the blanket trick. Lexi knows how to roll over, but would like a tutorial on grasping the blanket while rolling over. Thanks!

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    • Jess Bell

      Jan 29. 2016

      +Vicki Depies I don’t have a video for that, but I can walk you through the steps as I did them. PM me on FB. 🙂

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    • Vicki Depies

      Jan 29. 2016

      +Jess Bell Thank you! 😀

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  6. Donna Bowman

    Apr 24. 2016

    Great job. Are you using a clicker…do u click to get the dig to do what u want?

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  7. bob bobber

    May 13. 2016

    Every commenter on here except me cages their dog because its easy that way. You are all amimal abusers. My aussie will make yours look like a freekin treat prostitute and I would never force her to do anything that she doesn’t want to naturally and I don’t have to bribe her with treats or a damn clicker. Put away the treats, clickers, cages even leashes and put in a lil time with your dog and you will be amazed. Its actually extremely rewarding. P.S  I actually don’t have anything against dikes. I would be 1 too If I was a woman. I just hate seeing animals mistreated and yes you are miss treating your dog for other peoles amusement. u should be ashamed.

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    • Synne Sneve

      Jun 10. 2016

      I’m just wondering if your dog hates working for you and trying to please you so much that you consider it abuse? Almost every dog (or other animals) loves to work, use their brains to think, loves to please you and loves being rewarded if they do something right. Australian Shepherds are extremely smart dogs, and if they are not trained enough physically or mentally – they’ll train themselves in unwanted ways (like chewing on furniture or running around like a maniac). Trick training/clicker training is a great way to create a bond between human and animal, and it benefits both parts. The clicker, treat, positive voice or cuddles are all a way for the dog to understand it does something right, and it trains the dog in a positive way (instead of for an example hurting the dog if it does something wrong). The clicker is just a way for the dog to be rewarded in the exact moment it does the right thing – because dogs live and think in the moment. I hope you learned something and can see trick training from a different perspective.

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  8. Sneaky Sneasel

    May 28. 2016

    Such a beautiful dog <3

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  9. Mel Babendreier

    Jun 02. 2016

    I love how you broke this down into logical steps. My Aussie/Jack uses her paws like hands to try to catch things and hold things, so I think this will be a great trick for her. Thank you!

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  10. smol bean

    Jun 16. 2016

    My dog already knows how to hug. :T

    She does it all the time with her toys…

    …*right* before she shreds them.

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  11. Rachel Cox

    Jun 23. 2016

    We are getting an Aussie soon because her owners didn’t have enough time for her. When we met her, she used her paws to hold my arms or ask for more petting. I’m hoping I can teach her this trick; she seems competent!

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  12. Patricia Olson

    Oct 20. 2016

    https://www.facebook.com/highflyingmax/photos/pcb.774057079403389/774056796070084/?type=3&theater This is Max a border collie. We have a good sit pretty and a nice hold with hug but as soon as I let go he drops it. He also leans into the toy as I hold it for him. I am wondering if I should just keep holding and treating untill it all comes together or go back and redo each step.

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    • Jess Bell

      Oct 20. 2016

      Nice work! I might use a lighter toy for now (at this point I think I used a sock with Cohen) so it basically held itself up by being slightly draped over her leg while I worked on her holding the beg position with the prop. That toy, while cute, might be a bit large for the trick at this point. Hope that helps a bit!

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    • Nacha

      Dec 05. 2016

      Patricia Olson omg my puppy is a border collie named Max

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    • Patricia Olson

      Dec 05. 2016

      Thank you. I will give it a try.

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    • Patricia Olson

      Dec 05. 2016

      +MN Strikes Max is a good name. His full name is Maxamillion.

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  13. Renesmey 1122

    Oct 24. 2016

    My dog used to have distemper as a puppy therefore she twitches do you think she would be able to sit with boy paws up, she hasn’t got amazing balance because she twitches

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  14. StingSusanne

    Nov 03. 2016

    Really good!! 🙂

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  15. Sheri Standen

    Dec 14. 2016

    Thanks for this, Jess. I hope to get my aussie puppy soon and will teach him/her this!

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  16. Albert Garcia

    Jan 13. 2017

    Love the video. Beautiful dog. Would you mind sharing the name of the song playing in the background please?

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  17. Serra Hwang

    Feb 20. 2017

    I have a dog that’s blind. We think he was born that way because when we got him at 3 months old, he was already blind. I’ve taught him how to sit pretty/beg, but am having difficulty teaching him how to hug. I tried to introduce him to a broom handle, but he’s afraid of it. He just runs away every time he gets near it. Do u, by any chance, know how i can teach him how to hug without using a broomstick?

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  18. Handz and Pawz

    Apr 03. 2017

    The fact that the mark on their head looks like a almost closed heart makes it even more adorable 😍

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  19. CreaturesofWhimsy

    Jul 13. 2017

    Beautiful video and dog! My dog has weak core strength, (like me) so we will have to work on that a bit first!!

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