Command your dog to sit in front of you, and administer a treat. Take a yellow post-it note or small piece of tape, and stick it just above your dog’s eye.
As your dog raises his paw to remove it, give him plenty of praise, and reward your dog with a treat.
If your dog has extremely long fur or is afraid of the tape, there is another method to teach this trick. Ask your dog to give his paw, and then gently raise it over his head.
As soon as it reaches over his eye, say the command, and administer a treat. With a little patience, you will eventually get your dog to salute you just by hearing the command.
Be wary of what command you use to entice your dog to give a salute. A 71-year-old pensioner in Berlin was sentenced to five months in jail for teaching his dog named Adolf to give a Nazi salute after hearing the command “Heil Hitler.” The Alsatian-cross was taken into care in one of Berlin’s animal shelters where he was renamed Adi and put up for adoption.