Dog Trick Tutorial: Teaching Limp

How to teach your dog to Limp

This is a video on how to teach your dog to Limp using the clicker training method.

The old school way of training this behavior was to grab your dogs paw, restraining it while you walk forwards, and continue to do this until your dog doesn’t put down their foot. Another way I saw in a book was to have your dog on a lead with their choke chain on, and loop it around their foot, so in order for the pain to be released on their neck, they had to raise their paw.

So INSTEAD, using the clicker training method, I will show you how to get your dog to figure it out all on their own! Not only is training like this fun for you and your dog, it is both mentally challenging for you and your dog. I can bet you that if you attempt this trick your dog will be taking a LOOONNNGGG nap afterwards! Mental stimulation is just as good at tiring out a dog as physical stimulation. 🙂

Keep sessions very short (3 min) and fun, it should take quite a few sessions on each of the steps to get the final behavior down, unless you have a three legged dog…

Happy Clicker Training!

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-Emily Splash! and Kiko

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Meredith LoPresti says:

Very informative video!! Thank you!!

Heether Trudell says:

Hi Emily! I'm wondering my dog has the first step where she gives me her paw and she'll take a step but then she puts it down right away! And we haven't had much more succes then that Is their something I can do to help her

Celine Yang says:

+kikopup  Is this the first step in teaching "skip"??

Stella says:

Or even easier, trainers make dogs limp in movies by wrapping clear tape around its paw

Kyle Smith says:

That was amazingly well done.  You're a great trainer!  Is Splash an Aussie or a Border Collie?

Attiyah Ohh says:

I jumped @ 1:35 !! Lol, she's so energetic !!

Jay Fleck says:

2:00 "they can CHOOSE weather…" I wish I could choose weather. Sunny and warm every day! :)

Grace Fleury says:

GREAT!!!!! I have been trying the leash holding the foot up method but don't seem to be getting very far will DEFINATELY be trying this method!! 😀 Can never go wrong with the clicker :):)

Istrus says:

awesomeee… how many sessions would you approximately say it takes? Of cours eits different with different owners and dogs, but how long did it take for you?

Jac Mo says:


PapillonHoney & friends says:

HI Emily .. is there another methode for a really SMALL dog …3,5 kg Papillon … ;-)))))

Lindzuniverse says:

I'm working on this with my dog
He is getting better but slowly
This is a difficult trick

Antoinette Kirschke says:

Also, do you guys mind checking out my vids, thanks :)

Antoinette Kirschke says:

You are truly amazing and make it very easy to understand!!! Thank you sooo much and I adore your videos :)

EightPaws4Hoof says:

So it's been weeks since I taught this trick and now he does it perfectly, offers it as part of his repertoire as well as doing it on command in a circle around me. Thanks again for such informative videos.

michael sandman says:

pretty boss i think ill skip this trick looks like a pain

EightPaws4Hoof says:

Amazing video! Thought I'd try it as the weather is awful. My collie cross got limping while resting paw on my hand within a few mins. As you say it will take a few more sessions to get it unsupported, he thinks bunny hopping forward is what I want. Lol

MosesAgility236 says:

Thank you so much for this video!

Matthew L says:

I am about almost 5 feet. (I'm young) so if your golden retriever is super over height as in 3' does it still work? ( he's smart.)

jennibunny says:

So cuute!!! Good job!!!

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