How many times have you tried to teach your dog or puppy to
obey the WAIT command, only to discover that your dog doesn't
want to WAIT?
Training your dog to WAIT can be very challenging because most
dogs are easily distracted. Dogs are also naturally energetic
and inattentive. Your dog may have difficulty comprehending the
WAIT command because it necessitates inactivity.
As we all know, it doesn't take long for a dog to become
restless and bored! That is why the WAIT command is so
difficult to teach! Here is an easy way to train your dog to
obey the WAIT command:
1. Put your dog on a short leash and walk him to the front
Using a leash will allow you to control your dog better when he
doesn't respond to the WAIT command at first.
Open the door just enough for you to squeeze through and go
outside, leaving your dog on the inside. Now your dog will be
one side with you on the other and the leash hanging in
You might try giving your dog the SIT command at first. A dog
that is in a sitting position will tend to be still a bit
longer than if he were standing up.
2. Slowly open the door just a small amount.
Hold up the palm of your hand in a STOP position and say WAIT!
Don't be disappointed if your dog tries to shove open the door
and come rushing toward you! Your dog, not knowing this
command, is probably going to scramble to push through the
3. Shut the door quickly as soon as your dog starts to move
This will halt the dog in his tracks.
Okay, now repeat step two. Now watch your dog closely. The
first time that he doesn't try to rush through the door may
only last a mere second!
When your dog finally comprehends the WAIT command and pauses,
lavish him with praise and give him a release command (OKAY!)
to let him comethrough the door.
4. Practice, practice, practice!
Keep repeating the steps described above. Your dog will
eventually learn that when he mellows out and WAITS that you
will allow him to pass through the front door.
5. Once your dog learns to obey the WAIT command from the SIT
position, try teaching him the command while he is standing up.
This is a much harder position for your dog to master the WAIT
command from. He is going to want to move around or even SIT.
Be consistent with your training and practice this routine at
every opportunity. Be sure to give your dog lots of praise and
positive reinforcement. Soon, your dog will understand what you
want and will easily respond to the WAIT command!
Training your dog to obey the WAIT command takes time, patience
and practice. But the end result will be worth it! Eventually,
you will be rewarded with a dog that no longer bolts out the
door every time you open it!
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