You’re about to cross the road with your trusty canine companion by your side, when what does he do? He leaps into the road, narrowly avoiding the oncoming truck. It isn’t the first time he’s gambled with his life on the busy roads around your house and it probably won’t be the last. If you could train him to ‘stop’, you could have him wait patiently for dangerous traffic.
Your dog may also be quite big, so when you have guests over and he bounds over to them desperate to lick their face, he doesn’t half scare them. He’s only trying to be friendly, but it would be helpful if you could reign him in when these situations arise. Succeed with training him to ‘stop’ and you’ll have a newfound control over him that will regularly come in handy.
The training itself isn’t overly complicated. The challenge comes at the initial stage when you try to show him what it is you want him to do. Once he understands the behavior you expect, you just need to reinforce it with tantalizing treats. If he’s a puppy he should be receptive and could be stopping on command in just several days to a week. If he’s older with a lifetime of bad behavior on his rap sheet then you may need a couple of weeks before you start seeing results.
However long it takes, it will be more than worthwhile if it means you can stop him from being run over one day. Plus, if it allows you to stop him scaring strangers then it’s a command everyone around you will be grateful you’ve mastered.
Before you can get to work, you’ll need to gather a few things. A long stick will be required for one of the methods. Most importantly though, you’ll need treats or his favorite food. The more he loves the reward, the more eager he will be to please, and the quicker you’ll see results.
Find a quiet space so you can practice training, it could be indoors, in a large yard or on your normal walk. Then you’ll just need to set aside 10 minutes a day for the next couple of weeks.
Once you’ve got all of that, just bring a positive attitude and you’re ready to get going!