Door-dashing is a favourite sport of most dogs. It is just so exciting to get to the other side. But in addition to being irritating to us, it can also be dangerous. Sometimes what is on the other side is a busy street. The wait cue teaches your dog to pause or stop at the doorway until you give the all clear.
How to teach it.
- At the door, tell your dog, “Wait” in a cheerful tone of voice.
- Begin to open the door (just by a few inches at first). If your dog starts to move to go out, close the door. Without repeating the cue, begin to open the door again. If your dog starts to move to go out, close the door again. Repeat this action, without repeating the cue, until your dog hesitates even briefly as the door is being opened. When your dog hesitates, give them a cheerful “Okay” and swing the door wide open, letting them through.
- At first, remember to only open the door a few inches so your dog can’t rush out. As your dog gets better, you can then open the door a little more.
- For this method to really take effect you need to be consistent. Ask your dog to wait at every door, every time.
Where else can I use wait?
- All doors (even ones that lead to safe places like your backyard).
- Getting in and out of cars.