By creating a detachment with his master, the exercise of “not moving” will teach your dog to manage his desire to follow you in all circumstances. Once acquired, this order essential will be of great use to you in many situations. Our advices.
Why teach your dog to “not move”?
In this exercise, your dog will become familiar with time and distance. These two important notions will require efforts so much he likes to follow you everywhere and at all times. It will therefore be a question of getting him used to managing his frustration because not only will he not be able to accompany you, but he will have to remain still and in a precise place. In summary, this work aims first to detach the dog from its master and then to make it impassive in the face of a strong stimulus (appearance of a congener, a cat or a person). Some hairballs do not hold in place, it will be necessary to use patience !
In which situations to use the “not move”?
The acquisition of “not moving” will require a little more time than the learning of “sitting” but it is surely the most useful of all orders. This will help you teach your dog not to move when you give him his bowl or when your guests arrive and you don’t want them to jump on them. This order also allows them to wait in front of the bakery while they buy your bread, under a restaurant table, in front of a zebra crossing, in the car when you open the door or in the garden when you open your gate.
Learn to “stand still” through positive reinforcement
To foster your dog’s enthusiasm during learning sessions, it is advisable to use positive reinforcement. This method sweet allows him to teach him order with the help of congratulations and rewards food (pieces of cheese or sausage are the most popular with doggies). Every good gesture will be encouraged and valued. In order not to tire your animal, practice the sessions over several days or even several weeks. Before you start:
- Make sure the prerequisites are included. So that your dog assimilates the “not move”, it will have to have acquired the commands “sit” and “lie down”. Thus, your dog will already be familiar with theimmobilization ;
- Practice in a place free from stimuli. During the learning sessions, prefer a quiet place, free of distraction (odors, congeners, noises) that can distract the dog. Ideally, practice at home. When your doggie will have progressed, you will be able to change environment;
- Choose your order. As with any learning exercise, you need to choose the verbal formula you will address to your dog. For this order, the two orders the most used are: “No move” or “remain”. Once you have decided on the expression, do not change it again so as not to confuse the animal.
Start learning to “not move”
When you have found a quiet place without stimuli and chosen a command, you can proceed with the following steps:
- Order a position of departure to your dog: sitting or lying down;
- Take a step back and say “stay” or “not move” fixing your dog in the eye;
- Associate the floor with a gesture of the hand (show the palm, raise the index finger or point the finger downwards) and always keep the same sign;
- If your dog gets up to follow you, say firmly “no”;
- If your dog has not moved, praise him and offer him a treat ;
- When youauthorize to move, make him understand by a gesture or a word that you will not change either. The most used expression is “come”;
- Repeat the operation several times.
Increase the distance and time of separation
When your dog understands the command to “not move”, you will complicate the exercise by playing on three levers: distance, duration and surrounding distractions.
- Repeat the “not move” session by taking a step back and turning the back. This additional difficulty will make him want to get up to follow you;
- Praise him if he stayed motionless or say firmly “no” if he has followed you;
- When you feel it able to stay in place, move further and further away and add a few seconds at each exercise;
- When your dog seems to have learned the command, leave his field of view by changing the room after having told him “not to move” and associated the word with a wave of the hand;
- Repeat the training.
Test your dog in a busy place
Now that your dog won’t move when you command him, one last test consists of taking him to an environment with strong stimuli where odors and congeners risk him distract. You can teach him not to move when another dog shows up or when you receive guests at home. Repeat the exercise several times, gradually reducing the rewards and replacing them with the Congratulations and caresses.
Final tips before you start training
Dogs tend to want to fidget, run, play. Therefore, we recommend that you have it walked before starting the lessons so that he is more focused. If he has not yet eaten his meal, he will be even more receptive for his hunger will sharpen his desire to win rewards. On the other hand, a dog cannot stay still for too long. Thus, the sessions should not drag on forever. Better to repeat them every day without short sessions. Patience and gentleness will allow you to overcome the learning difficulty of this order.