Stop and Wait, Why Do I Teach This?
Hey folks! we all know what it feels like to have a dog bolt on you, right!? Very dangerous, so this is what I do from the get go is teach Stop and Wait. At every door way, stairs, curbs and when people walk by . Door ways it gives a chance to not allow the dog to crowd the door, if they are allowed to crowd the door when people come over or upon leaving, you have just given them the authority that they are leader and can do what they will whenever. This helps allow people to come through the door without jumping and lessens the excitment upon leaving. Some dogs get soooo excited for the walk they cant think ,lol you know how that goes and as soon as your out , they pull, bark at other dogs or just dont listen. Always, always “Stop and Wait” at the door give 3 sec, add time if 90% good and step out first, never let dog go first. Stairways this is most important for safety issues. I use “stop and wait” at every corner when on a walk, also goes great with a sit but not crucuial to sit. I had a client on my Yelp give a reveiw and said she used “stop and wait” when her little pomeranin ran out and he did. This is not guarenteed, a dog is a animal and a mind of their own, it is helpful to have something better than nothing in a dangerous situation. The more you use “stop and wait” and the dog gets it, then put a long lead without distractions , let them roam and then random shout “stop and wait” and try to get dog to wait till you approach , unless you are giving a “come” cue. When people are walking by I always use “left side or right side ” then stop and wait . Reason for this? Well, one you dont know who is afraid of dogs, kids and adults both can be, also it gives the dogs a sense of those walking on two legs get respect as if they are leaders. The dog will start to naturally after a while just go to one side or the other moving out of the way on their own , just like they would if packleaders are walking in their path they automatically move to give respect. You will get a lot of smiles, thank you’s and what a good dog, shouldnt that be how the walk is, as calm as possible and respectful… : ) Good luck ! Peace Angie “Doggie’s” Ade