How to teach a dog to wait

The "wait" command instructs dogs to concentrate on you, remain where they are, and not move until you free them. This command is very useful for keeping your dog from running out the door or crate. Fortunately, teaching your dog to wait does not require any special equipment. Instead of offering your dog a small treat, simply teach him that listening to the command implies he is allowed to do specific things. While teaching a new command might be difficult, this one is quite simple and beneficial in a variety of scenarios.

What is the difference between wait and stay commands?

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You might be asking how well the wait cue differs from the stay cue. Isn't it possible to just tell your dog to remain when they open the door? You could, but if you ask the dog to stay while you go for a minute's jog, he should be in the same place when you return. Not many canines could manage such a request. Remain implies "remain exactly where you are until I release you." Waiting means "holding on for a moment."

Unlike staying, it makes no difference what your dog does while they wait. They have the option of sitting, standing, or walking away. Therefore, you do not always relieve your dog from the wait. The release word indicates that your dog is free to travel through the entryway. That, however, will not always be the situation. Oftentimes, you will instruct your dog to wait but not let them go through the door. As a result, training these two discrete behaviors with two distinct cues is beneficial.

Learn how to command your dog to wait.

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While you can ultimately have the dog wait at any entrance, it's best to start by using an inner door so your dog doesn't get by you and escape. It's also easier to train with the door facing you. Make sure there's nothing fascinating going on on the other end of the door to ensure your dog's success. The steps below should teach your dog to calm down and wait:

1: When the dog is comfortable, open the door slightly. Close the door immediately as the dog approaches it.

2: Continue to open and close the door gently until your dog knows they can't get through. To demonstrate understanding, kids may stand motionless, look away, turn away, or even sit. If they respond correctly and are using a clicker or a marker word like "yes" to mark the occasion, then praise and reward your dog.

3: Increase the pace at which you let in gradually. Close it once more if your dog approaches it. If they remain motionless, click, mark, praise, and reward them.

4: If you can fully unlock the entrance without the dog going through it, you can add a word or phrase such as "wait" or "hold on." A hand gesture, such as waving your palm towards your dog's nose, can also be used. Merely provide the indications before opening the door.

5: You can now add your favorite movement. After opening the door, just take one step into the entryway, then go to the dog and click, mark, praise, or reward them for remaining by their side.

6: Take one step at a time until you're able to completely pass through the doorway into the opposite room. Return to the dog and click, mark, praise, and reward him once more.

7: Now, for a few of your training attempts, add a release phrase like "Okay" or "Free" and allow the dog to go through the doorway. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so make it memorable. When your dog passes through, engage in play with them or toss a favorite toy or ball. This should teach your dog that waiting can result in amazing things and is thus worthwhile. Keep leaving the room and then returning to your dog without praising them on the other trials. You could even lock the door before reopening it and returning.

8: Extend your instruction to other doors, such as the crate or the car. But, keep in mind that each new place is a new difficulty, and certain doors, such as those leading to the garden, have amazing distractions on the opposing side. Hence, every time you attempt a new door, take a few steps back into the process. In addition, for doorways leading outside, keep your dog on a lead as an added precaution.

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