You’ve just walked into the house after a long and stressful day, your hands are full of shopping and you just want to quickly put it all away so you can collapse on the sofa. Unfortunately, though, your canine companion can’t help but follow you around the kitchen, making the task frustrating, to say the least. You love him but he sure is on the needy side. He’s the same when you’ve got guests over. You want some peace and quiet to enjoy a romantic date night in, but he insists on following you into every room and wants to be the solo audience for your every move.
Training him to stop following you will afford you some well-deserved peace and quiet. This training will also be good for him, reducing separation anxiety and making leaving him to go on vacation easier too.
Training isn’t as challenging as you might think. You’ll need to motivate your dog to spend time on his own and reduce his need to be with you constantly. To do that, you’ll have to mix up his routine and find some ways to keep him happily distracted. If he’s a puppy then the habit will be relatively new and it may take just a week or so to train him to stop following you. If he’s older and been stuck to your side for a number of years, then you may need a couple of weeks to fully kick the habit.
Training him to stop following you will be more than worth it when you finally have some alone time to enjoy a bath and a glass of wine. You’ll also find in the long run he’ll be happier too if he’s not constantly dependant on you.
Before you set about stopping your canine stalker, you’ll need to get your hands on a few things. Break his favorite food into small pieces or stock up on treats. You’ll need a short leash and some baby gates for one of the methods.
Food puzzles and toys will also be required. Then set aside 10 minutes a day for the next couple of weeks. Try and find a time where you won’t be distracted by noisy kids (I know it’s easier said than done).
With all of those boxes ticked you can get to work!
now matter how i say "sit" he's still following me around
Hello MJ, First, you need to make sure Lucky understands what Sit means. If you haven't taken time to teach a solid Sit, then check out the video linked below and teach sit using the method that your dog seems to respond to best. Sit: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-golden-retriever-to-sit Next, once he knows what Sit means well, use your body language to block him if he breaks the Sit when you start to walk away. Walk away backwards slowly, and rush toward him with your hand out and palm facing toward him like a traffic cop if he gets up from the Sit position to follow you. As he improves at staying seated the more you practice this, then you can gradually walk further and further away. You will need to build up the distance to longer distances between you and him gradually. Stay consistent and firm but calm and relaxed. You can also teach him a Place command and using a similar traffic cop method teach him to stay on Place. The main difference between Sit-Stay and Place, is that the dog can move around on Place and get more comfortable - but they cannot step off of that small area. With Sit the dog has to stay in the seated position. Both are good commands to teach. Body language for enforcing sit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2DOb5a9FpQ A Place is simply a small rectangular area a bit larger than your dog's body, such as a dog cot, towel, or dog bed. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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