Teaching the “Wait” Dog Command to your Dog



The “Wait” Dog command is very useful, especially if you’d like for your dog to be reliable even when he’s not on his leash.

Look at this command as a safety command, to keep your pet safe from potential dangers.

It’s important for you as the trainer to fully understand the difference between specific dogs commands, such as “stay”, “wait” and “enough.”

The “Stay” command requires that your pet stop and be still.

The “Enough” command means stopping the activity for now.

The “Wait” dog command should be used during the times when you need your dog to wait for you but not necessarily to be still.

Also, there might be times when your pet will be in a hurry to have something (maybe a food treat) or do something (play ball).

“Wait” will be the right word to tell him that he can have what he wants, but not right away.

The “Wait” dog command means a momentarily pause.

In the example of the dog waiting to leave your home and being able to go somewhere by jumping into the car, the command “Wait” gives him the joy of anticipation.

It lets the dog know that if he pauses for a moment, then he can continue going outside, into the car, and that he has your approval.

Understand that dogs live in the present moment so teaching them how to wait is a difficult concept for them (as it can be for us humans as well!)

However, your dog will be able to understand the meaning of the command “wait” in a relatively short amount of training time.

The most effective way to train your dog to wait is by using the proper tone of voice, as the tone of voice is one of the most effective tools that you can use in dog training.

Your pet needs to be able to understand your tone to properly respond to it.

Also remember that, by nature, your dog is a pack animal and that you are his pack leader so he will look to you for approval and direction.

When he is doing something he shouldn’t be and you speak in a moderately disapproving tone, he will stop whatever it is he is doing because of your disapproval.

Here’s an example: when you want him to wait for you to finish filling his Raised Dog Bowl Feeder with food, but he’s trying to barrel his way past you to start chowing down, say “Wait” in a serious but non-threatening tone.

A trained dog will turn his attention to you, looking in your face.

Give feedback while he is waiting by saying “Good Dog” in a loving yet firm way.

If he keeps inching forward, say “NO, WAIT” in a firmer tone.

During feeding time, use the “Wait” command so that you can fill his dog dish without making a mess of spilling on the floor.

A dog can be taught to “Wait” to go out the door, get out of the car or wait for you as you go down a flight of stairs.

After taking the time to effectively train your dog with this useful command, you’ll see the benefits for many years with your furry friend.


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