When we first get our new puppy or a dog from a rescue, we typically wish to know what sort of coaching, if any, the dog knows. Sit is about the first thing a dog learns so many dogs know this one, even puppies. But as we move through life with our dogs it is very useful for humans to be ready to direct the dogs from one place to another.
Having your dog pulling on lead is a bad habit that requires correcting straight away. This behavior makes for pissed off owners and possibly wounds the dog’s neck. There’s a technique to change this behavior.
It sure would be convenient if our dogs could change direction or wait for a few minutes whilst we made our way to the vehicle, round the block or in the house? Having a dog run across a busy street is scary and perilous. That is something that occurs too regularly and can be curtailed.
My dog trainer, John Spieser, asserts that the first two commands he teaches a dog or a puppy are “wait” and “this way”. Using these 2 commands he can get a dog to go nearly anywhere he desires them to and keep the dog safe along the way. This is also used to get a dog to stop pulling on the leash.
The command “wait” is simple to coach your dog. For some reason, wait, feels temporary to a dog so he’s more prepared to wait than to need to “stay” somewhere for a long time. “Wait” is good for street corners. Tell your dog to “wait” at the corner whilst traffic passes. Or perhaps your dog desires to stay calm whilst another dog, children, bikes or whatever passes by. Maybe you want him to wait for his food. No matter what the reason, the dog learns that it is only a temporary situation, shortly to be followed by the release (which is rewarding ) and probably more exciting for the dog.
The “this way” command beats coming. The recall or “come” command tends to get overused and dogs may get resentful after hearing it often. Using “this way” allows the dog to keep moving but in a different direction. If your dog is running away from you and does not come back to the characteristic recall command of “come”, then try implementing “this way” into your coaching routine. A dog hears this as an opportunity to please and still keeps moving. It’s much less restrictive to the dog and it is truly simple to teach this to a dog.
For better communication with your dog, try dog training commands that teach your dog how to move with you without being too restrictive. Consider making “wait” and “this way”the first part of your repertoire.
These two commands are successfully used in changing the leash pulling behavior too. The two dog behavior training commands that make the most sense are ones that give you a lot of flexibility with your dog.
Get your dog or puppy moving where you would like him using these 2 dog training instructions. Stop your dog pulling. Listen in the free audio from my dog trainer John Spieser.