How To Train Your Dog To Wait Before Eating – Professional Dog Training Tips


– Teaching your dog to wait for their food isn’t just a great way to
keep from getting dive bombed when you put their meal down, it’s actually a great way to build in some impulse control. I mean, personally, I
hate waiting for things, but sometimes it’s really important. (microwave dinging)
Yes! Ow, it’s like a buttery
blast furnace in here. In this video, I’m gonna
show you two methods to teach your dog to wait before they eat. The first one’s gonna be simple and fast, you’ve probably seen it before, but the second one I’m gonna teach you how to level up your training
with your wait command so that you can use it anywhere. I’m Ken Steepe and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (gentle guitar chord) (dog barking) Now, you might recognize this little guy. This is Levi from our
First Day Home with a Puppy video with instructor Kim, and I thought he’d be a
great demonstration dog for this exercise. So what I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna lower the food bowl down, and when Levi chooses
to remain in position, I will reward him for that at a couple steps along the way. Now if he decides he wants to dive bomb in and take hold of that food, I’ll just lift the bowl up again. Oops. Yes, he saw that, what
a great choice he made. He knew he really wanted the food. Oops, and there. Yes, good boy. Yes, good. Good boy. Yes, good. Good boy. Yes, good choice, pal. Good sit. Yes, good. Good boy. Yes, good choice. What a nice job. Good boy. And then we’ll end with our release word so he can get his dinner. Okay, get your dinner, okay. Okay, (claps) get your dinner. That’s a boy, good boy. Now this is the method that
we’re gonna try to level up your wait training. So this is the kind of
wait that you’re gonna use to keep your dog from
barging through doors or maybe in the parking lot, you’re gonna ask your dog to wait before you let them out of a car, or, you know, at any point in your walk, you can ask your dog to wait
while you pick up something. And this is what you’re
about to learn next. I talked a little bit about
the sit and start position in one of our earlier videos,
and I’ll link that above. But for this exercise, you’re gonna start with your dog in at your side. And we really want to build this wait for, on a foundation of success. We want to, in the early stages, we want lots of successful repetitions. You want to make it easy for Funkee. So here’s what we’re gonna do. I’m gonna tell her to wait, and then I’m just gonna wave my hand in front of her face. I’m gonna step in front
of her, toe to toe, so that she can’t be wrong and she can’t go anywhere. And I’m gonna yes and
reward her, good girl. Maybe I’ll even move back
while I remind her to wait. Good girl, yes. And I can reward her again for not moving. Now what’s really important
about using this wait is that your dog has a definitive ending, so when I’m done practicing my wait, after this first repetition,
before Funkee decides to move, I’m gonna use her release
word, which is okay. And that way Funkee knows
when her job is over, and I want you to be using
that every single time you’re working on this wait
exercise with your dog. After you’ve practiced
that a couple of times, you can make it a little bit
more challenging for your dog. So with Funkee Monkee,
maybe I’ll tell her to wait, and I’ll step out a little bit farther. I can praise her from here. Good girl, good wait. And then step in, yes, good girl. And reward her for a job well done. Other things you might be able to do, wait, is wiggle your leash, provide a little bit of distraction, yes, and then I can step
back in and reward Funkee for remaining in that wait position. And then when we’re done,
as I mentioned earlier, I’m just gonna tell her, okay, so that she knows she can move. So now we’ve got a few repetitions in where I’ve returned back to Funkee’s side and she knows how valuable it is to remain there in that waiting position. Now with our wait,
using the McCann Method, we’ll use a stay if we want
our dog to not move ever until we get back to them. But with our wait, we want to be able to release our dogs remotely. So I’ll ask Funkee in this case to wait, and then I’ll step away
from her a little bit. And now, at any point, if
she’s made a great choice, a tough distraction goes by, I can yes, step back in, and reward her. But ultimately, I want her to
know that if I step out here, that I can release her
at any point in time. Okay, and she comes to me, she gets very excited when
she hears that release word. Now as we start to increase the challenges in the real world for our dogs, it’s really likely that
they’re going to make mistakes. So this time, I’m gonna
ask Funkee Monkee to wait, but then I’m secretly lure her
out of that waiting position. What’s really important is
that if she makes that mistake, I don’t pull food out right away and lure her back to
where she was sitting. Remember, we’ve spent so
much time teaching our dogs that them making the right
choice gets them a food reward. So I’ll show you what happens when Funkee Monkee makes a mistake. Wait. Good girl, good. So I’ll just lure her out, ah ah. So I marked that moment with my voice, and I’m just gonna guide her
back to exactly where she was. I’ll show her how to be right. What a good sit, good girl, wait. And the next time, I’m gonna
make it a little bit easier. So I have a moment to
reinforce that good behavior. Good wait, yes, good girl. And now I can step in and use my food. It’s really important, the two elements of that
that you need to keep in mind are marking that moment with your voice, especially as you’re getting farther away, and that you show them how to be right. Rather than pulling out a piece of food and guiding them back to
where you think they were, you show them exactly where to be, and then you can reward them after they’ve spent a couple
of seconds in that position. Now at the top of the video, you saw us have the dogs lined up a few feet away from their food bowls, and they were all sitting in a wait, and maybe that’s a tough
distraction for your dog, so we’re gonna set that up. And while you’re training
all of these exercises, whatever you think is a
tough challenge for your dog, make sure you hang onto the leash. The last thing we want to
do is ask Funkee to wait, put a bowl of food down, and then she breaks the wait and then goes and gobbles
down most of the food before we have a chance to
interrupt that behavior. So let’s try this one. Wait, and I’ll go put the food down. I’ll try to make it as enticing as I can. Wait, good girl. Good, and again, I talked
about that timing of our yes, good girl, and then I can step in. Remember, with those dogs who really, really love
something like food or love to barge through the door, you want to reward them in
that stationary position more often then you let them out. I’ll show you what I mean. Okay, Fun, can you sit? Wait, good girl. And at the beginning, you
might even make it really easy. Yes, good girl. Just take one foot out the door. Good, wait. Yes, what a good girl, good job, buddy. But it’s really important
that Funkee finds it just as valuable for her to remain, wait, on the inside of the doorway as it is when she comes out. Okay, good girl. Now I think the wait is one
of the most functional skills that you can teach your dog. I use it probably every
single day with our dogs. And I hope you find the
same value in this exercise. Now, if this is your
first time on the channel, make sure you hit that Subscribe button. We publish new videos every single week to help you to have a well-behaved four-legged family member. On that note, I’m Ken. This is Funkee Monkee. Happy training. (upbeat music)

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