When you tell your dog to wait while you put his food bowl in from of him, he ignores you as if he’s deaf. When you tell him to heel when you’re out on walks, he marches on anyway. If you ask him to come off the furniture, he remains until you have to physically pick him up and remove him. You’re not sure where he’s got this sense of entitlement, but getting him to do anything is an uphill battle. He’s always been stubborn. You may have just seen signs of it when he was younger, but as he’s gotten older he’s become even more set in his ways.
Training him to ‘stay’ will give you the foundation to get him to start following your other commands too. You’ll be able to have him stay in his bed while you eat your family meals in peace.
Training your dog to ‘stay’ would normally be relatively straightforward, however, because he’s stubborn you’re going to have to work a little harder. That means firstly, you’re going to have to be extremely consistent throughout training. Secondly, you need to find something that will truly motivate him. If he’s like every other dog in the world, food is probably the way to his heart. A toy may also do the trick. If he’s a stubborn puppy you should succeed with training in less than a week. If he’s older and truly stubborn then you may need a couple of weeks of training.
Training him to ‘stay’ will mean you can get him to wait patiently when someone comes to the front door, or when you’re preparing his food. It will also come in handy if he’s in the back of the car and you need him to wait there while you get something out.
Before you can get to work you’ll need a few bits. Find his favorite food and then break it into small pieces. The more it smells the more it will drive him wild and the more eager he will be to work for it. You will also need a clicker for one of the methods.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training. All training can take place at home, but try and conduct it when the house is relatively quiet, if possible.
Once you have all of the above, you just need perseverance and an optimistic attitude and you’re ready to get to work!
Is my dog supposed to stay even if I'm not present?
And for the begging, I don't know if I gone too fast, but sometimes when my dad comes home from work (I'm a guy by the way) while I ask him to "bed", he would rush over and jump on him as usual, but I will tend to push him back to his bed. I used an old blanket as his bed by the way.
It's frustrating to see Lucky scratch the kitchen door when I'm not there. I want to train him not to scratch doors as well.
Hello Kien, Whether he should Stay while you are not present depends on how far you want to take his training. Many people never need for their dog to stay when they are out of the room (you simply have to use things like the chew-proof leash and eye-hook that I mentioned in response to another question, instead, to keep the dog there). Some people want or need for their dog to stay while they are not in the room - in which case putting in the work to teach that is important. It's up to you, if you need Lucky to know that command that well. You might want to work on Lucky being able to stay on the bed while you still in the room with him but there are distractions, like your dad. Practice (with a leash clipped to Lucky) having Lucky start on the bed when you know that your dad is going to come home, telling him to stay there, and blocking him from getting off the bed when he tried to go see your dad. This will take a lot of repetitions but if you are consistent his own level of self-control, his respect for your command in that situation, and his obedience should very gradually increase. Work on the stay during times of distraction like that, and work up to sending him to the bed when he is already excited and not laying on the bed, overtime. If you just started teaching him this, he won't be able to control himself enough to go to the bed during that situation. In which case he does need for you to take him there to show him, but it will take a lot more practice before he can do it mid-excitement on his own. Sorry, for the confusion. Since I only see names I can often confuse guys and girls. Thanks for letting me know for future reference. Refer back to my earlier response about the door scratching. You can practice the training at that door with the treats or automatic treat dispensing device also. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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