Dogs can be very excitable, overly eager to please, impatient, or just plain bossy and think they should be first at things - in any case, teaching them to 'wait' can prove to be a useful tool in your training bag of tricks.
Although there are many uses for 'wait', let's explore the top 5 in my book...
When you take your dog(s) on excursions you want to have a happy, stress free trip. One way to accomplish this is to teach your dog to 'wait' when you open car doors. They should wait until you either have a leash on them (and in hand) or they are released to exit when in a safe area.
Does your dog get overly excited at mealtime? Do they jump on you? Dance around your feet? And basically become a nuisance? Enter the 'wait' direction. Teach your pup to sit calmly and wait until his meal is prepared and placed in the proper place. Then, and only then (when he's released), can he approach his bowl and eat.
This is a handy thing to teach when you have a multi-dog household and they all want to push in the door first. It also works out well when you have your hands full of items and you don't want the dog tripping you in his attempt to beat you inside.
This is a very valuable direction that all dogs should learn. Whether you want them to wait while you answer the door to get a package, let in your guests without being mauled, or just want to keep a dog from bolting into possibly dangerous situations, teaching 'wait' at the door is a must.
The 'wait' direction can be used in many circumstances and is very much a "self-control" training method. Learning this direction early will serve you and your dog well in all other training and interactions.
Once your dog understands and responds to this direction you will find many more ways to put it to use. You will also find more peace of mind and less stress knowing your dog is safe inside (the house, car, etc.) waiting patiently for your ok to participate.
As always, love, respect and basic training goes a long way in enhancing and growing the human/dog bond.
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