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Training Tip Tuesday - Wait for a food bowl

Posted by Sharon of Personable Pets Dog Training on

Wait for a food bowlWelcome to Training Tip Tuesday ----- Wait for a food bowl

Last week, we discussed the Wait cue. We went over what it means, how it differs from the Stay cue, and where you can use it in real life.

Wait simply means pause for a moment and wait for me to release you. It may appear similar to a stay cue, but it less formal. In a stay, you're telling the dog it needs to STAY right here until you return. But, the wait means hold tight for just a few seconds.

This week, we’re going to take the first step in using it in our real life. We’ll teach our dogs how to wait for a bowl of food.

Remember, dogs appear to act on impulse. See a rabbit? Chase it. See something scary? Run. See a bowl of food? Eat it.

Ahhh. That’s where we will begin…with a food bowl!

Our goal is to have a dog sit while we put the bowl of food on the ground for the dog. The dog can’t jump on us, crowd us or rush the food bowl until we say the release word.

1. Your dog is off-lead and you have a bowl of food.

2. Give your dog the “wait” cue and then remain quiet. The food bowl will do the talking for you.

3. Lower the food bowl slowly towards the floor.

4. If your dog moves toward the bowl, pull the bowl directly back up and out of reach to your dog while remaining quiet.

5. Start again with lowering the food bowl slowly.

6. Repeat two or three times

7. Continue until you can put the food bowl on the floor without your dog diving or rushing the food bow.

8. When your dog has successfully waited for the bowl to be placed on the ground, say the word “OK” or “Free” to let your dog know that it is okay to approach the bowl.

Be patient! It sounds complicated, but it’s really quite easy to do.

Join us over the next three weeks, and we'll help you train the wait cue in some practical situations. Your dog will learn to wait while you:

  • Leash him for a walk
  • Open the front door without the dog bolting out.
  • Load groceries into your vehicle with an open door.


Happy training!

Sharon of Personable Pets