So, you have a 100-lb. Berner that loves his walks and wants to bolt out the door with you flying behind him like a magic carpet.
If you have a stay/wait command, it’s easy to train a dog to wait for you to go through the door first.
You can start out training at a door or use cones, two chairs or ring gates to simulate a door opening. These tools are common in dog training.
3 easy steps to get your dog to wait
1. Ask your dog for a sit, and tell him to wait or stay.
2. Dog stays, you step forward, wait a second and then step back to your dog. If he stayed, tell him good boy and give him a treat. If you are clicker training, then click and treat. If he didn’t stay. Oops. Try again.
3. Once you have done this a few times successfully, it’s time to let him join you after you have stepped forward. So, sit the dog, ask him to wait. Step forward, pause and say, “let’s go” or “ok.” And allow him to join you. Praise.
Practice, practice, practice
Practice this going in doors, out of doors, through gates, into stores, any place you can. Soon it will be routine.
OK, now it’s time for a walk!