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Basic Training Commands –
Teaching Wait

Wait is a great command to have in your arsenal if you want to tell your dog to stay in a particular room in the house, without having her stay fixed in one spot. It's also good for getting her to stop and let you go first through doors and gates. Here's how you do it.

  1. It's best to teach this command in a situation where you'd actually use it. So choose a door in your house that your dog often runs through. Get your dog to Sit on one side of it. The door should be closed at first.

  2. Start to open the door just a little. Go slowly. Don't open it enough for your dog to move through. Clearly say the word "Wait."

  3. If your dog makes a move to bolt through the door as you start to open it, close the door and go back to Step 1.

  4. When your dog stops trying to go through the door as you open and stays in a sitting position, say your marker word and give a reward.

  5. Increase the amount of time your dog has to wait before getting a reward. Then, start walking through the door ahead of your dog and then calling her to you for her reward. If she starts to move forward before you call her, she gets no reward. She only gets rewarded for responding to your commands as you want her to.

It's impossible to say how long it will take for your Aussie to get this right, because there's a lot of variation in learning speeds from dog to dog and command to command. Just keep practising. Once you have this command working, you can used the same principle to create No-Go Zones.

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