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In addition to the classic canine obedience exercises, your dog must learn others that are useful in everyday life. One of these exercises is for your dog to stay still on command, regardless of the circumstances..
In this AnimalWised article we will use the command "stop " for the exercise, but you can use another word if you prefer, always keeping in mind that it should not be similar to other commands, nor excessively long.
There are two fundamental dog training criteria that are explained below. Keep reading and learn with us to teaching your dog to stay still on command:You may also be interested in: Basic Dog Orders Index
- Previous steps
- Show him the command "Stop "
- Practice in different situations
Head your dog out the door. You don't need to bring bits of food or the clicker, because you won't be using them for this exercise. When you get to the door, which is closed, it blocks your dog's path. It is necessary that your dog is at least one meter from the door.
So, position yourself so that you can open the door and see your dog at the same time. You do not have to face the door or your dog, but sideways towards both. Open the door slowly. When your dog lunges to get out, block his path with your body. Just turn to him and stand between him and the door.
When your dog backs up, roll back onto your side, clearing the way. If your dog tries to get out again, block his way again. Repeat until your dog stay waiting for an instant while the passage is clear. At that point, say "Let's go" and let him out.
Keep in mind that you must say "Let's go" when your dog is waiting for a moment. Don't make the mistake of waiting too long. Little by little you will gradually increase the time your dog waits for permission to leave, but the first few times it should only be an instant.
Show him the command "Stop "
Once you have gotten your dog to wait three seconds before you allow him to leave with the command "Come on ", you can start using the "Stop " command that tells you to wait. Just do the same procedure as the previous training criteria, but say "Stop" before opening the door. Congratulate him with a "Very good " as long as he does it correctly.
Practice until your dog responds reliably to the command "Stop" at least 80% of the time in two consecutive training sessions. Remember to increase the time gradually. It can be very useful include a physical gesture to accompany the word to help the dog correctly remember the command.
Practice in different situations
Now is the time when we are going to need some delicious snacks for dogs, following the use of positive reinforcement to teach the "Stop " command:
- Step of zebra: Your dog will probably be more than used to waiting in the crosswalk when it is red. Anticipate his arrest and encourage him to stop using the "Stop" command. When he does it correctly congratulate him.
- Entrance to the pipi-can: In the same way that we practiced when we left the house, we can take advantage of the door of the pee-can to continue with the development of "Alto " in different situations.
- Training: Keeping your dog agile mentally is very important. To do this, it is always advisable to spend at least 2 times a week reviewing the obedience commands already learned. During your sessions you should include the "High " and practice its effectiveness.
- Prior to...: Whenever you are going to perform an action such as throwing a ball, feeding, etc. take advantage and remind him of the command "Stop ".