How do others react when you bring your dog into the barn? Are they delighted to see him, call his name, and give him treats or do they wander off not wanting to deal with your pup? Does he come into the barn and treat it like his personal playground or does he find the spot you have for him and stay put until you call him to accompany you on your rounds?
A good barn dog will hang around, quietly staying in one place waiting for his owner to give him his next command. One that has not been trained will run around and cause trouble. We all know which type of dog you would prefer to have. The good news is that you can train almost any barn dog to stay, it just depends on how much time and effort you want to put into the training.
This task is no different for your barn dog than it is for a household dog. The intent is to train your dog to stay put once he is given the 'stay' command until you give him a release command. 'Stay' is considered to be one of the basic commands every dog should know. Teaching your barn dog to stay is not that hard, it just takes plenty of time, patience, and effort on both your part and that of your dog.
Just because your dog is allowed to come into the barn with you, this doesn't give him license to act like a fool by running amok. In fact, allowing him to do this can cause the other animals in the barn to become agitated and lead to serious injuries. The time you take to train your pup to stay could save you a lot of hassle. It can also save him or some of your other animals from serious injury.
Getting started is pretty easy and best of all, you won't need much in the way of supplies to use during the training sessions. However, you will need a few items, including:
Training your barn dog to stay is not that much different than training any other dog to do the same thing. It just takes lots of time and patience to succeed.