So, there you are driving down the driveway (can you say long dirt road) to go into town and what do you see in the rearview mirror? Well, if it isn't your newest barn dog bent on going into town with you instead of staying where he belongs. Maybe he just wants to go for a ride, maybe he doesn't want to be left alone. It doesn't really matter why; what matters is the fact he has not learned where his place is quite yet.
Maybe it's not so much that your pup hasn't learned where his place is. Maybe instead, it's that you haven’t taken the time to teach him where his home is. Once you teach him this, you should able to tell your pup "Go Home!" and that is exactly what he will do, go straight home to his "place."
When your pup has completed this training, you should be able to give him the "Go home!" command from anywhere on your property or the surrounding area and your pup should make a beeline for home. But it's really not just anywhere at home, with this type of training, you are teaching your dog to go to a specific place at home, in the barn. In most cases, this spot is a bed or mat, the one he normally sleeps on.
The rest of the training is teaching him to stay in place once he arrives until someone releases him. This part may not be so easy, but chances are good once your pup has been sent home, he won't wander very far if at all. It just takes time and an endless supply of patience.
Before you get started training your barn dog to go home, he must first have mastered all of the basic commands, 'sit', 'come', 'stay', 'down'. You should also have created a special space that is just for your pup, maybe a bed in one corner of the barn or a thick mat. It should be his "place" one that he knows is his and that he will go to as a "safe" place. You also need a few supplies, including:
No matter what you are trying to teach your pup, it will take time. But when it comes to teaching him to go home on command, this is likely to take a little extra time. Be patient and remember you should never punish your pup for making a mistake, but you should always praise him for getting it right.