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)

29 thoughts on “How To Train Your Dog To Wait Before Eating – Professional Dog Training Tips

  • A big thank you to Instructor Kim for letting me hang out with Levi for this video. If you'd like to check out our other video that features Levi check out "Puppy First Day Home Tips" HERE: https://youtu.be/-_5xd0pSy28
    Thanks for watching! See you in the Train Station on Thursday at 7:30PM! ~Ken

  • I am finding your training sessions invaluable, thank you so much. Not only is my 11 week old puppy learning something, I am too, lol ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Both of my pups have known wait since they were about 4mo old. Such a critical skill to learn, if nothing else just working in door manners with the "wait" command will get them to start understanding wait in other places. I think so many people are more prone to "communicate" to their dogs through the leash or just say No and pointing to what they want. If you talk to your dog, they will start to understand what it is you are asking them to do, they are smart little animals.

    What do you do for when you leave the house if you let your dog stay outside of a crate? A lot of the time I find telling him to wait while I'm trying to get out the door, but that waters down the "wait" command because he's never released. Same thing if you tried using stay, there's never a release so it loses value of the dog actually staying in the stay till released.

    Enjoyed the video as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Both of my dogs know the "wait" command pretty well, especially my 7 month old puppy. I started teaching them wait pretty much as soon as they came home. I use wait for waiting for food, waiting to go out(or in) the door, out or into the car, wait to come out of the kennel, wait to got greet someone new or another dog, wait to take the treat from my hand, etc. I even use wait as a stay command sometimes! I think teaching "wait" to a dog is very useful!

  • I love your video so much. Can you make videos about "stop your dog barking when you are working". Sometimes I find it difficult to study as my dog keeps barking and biting on my dress. Thank you a lot. ๐Ÿ’•

  • Could u try help me with my 8 week old cocker spaniel, he won't stop nipping and when I tell him to stop he comes back to bite even harder, and he is going potty in the house

  • My puppy is showing signs of food aggression. She was eating the cats food (she's not allowed) and my 9 year old son went to pull her off of the table (her front paws were on there because the food is on a coffee table) and she growled and bit him. She actually wounded him and drew blood. Obviously I was very upset. I had hoped it was a one time thing, but she continues to show signs of aggression while eating. Please help me break her of this horrible habit so my children can enjoy and love their puppy rather than fear her.

  • May I ask your opinion on the utility of โ€œwaitโ€ vs โ€œleave itโ€ commands? It seems like youโ€™d need to use either one or the other in the case of food, but โ€œwaitโ€ can then expand to apply to things like getting out of the car, while โ€œleave itโ€ can expand to things like chasing small critters. Do you feel that โ€œwaitโ€ is more effective/important?

  • Hi
    Do you have a tip for stopping my dog thinking me giving them the treat is the release for the training.
    As. Soon as she has the treat she is moving about
    She is very young only 12weeks
    But does excellent work with wait and stay.
    Just the release I need help on
    Thanks for your videos some great advise on them

  • We rescued two dogs that are at least a year old. My biggest problem is when I take them out they pull so hard on their leash that I am literally running. If they see a squirrel, or another dog I usually end up in a bush or just fall in a yard. I need help so much for this issue. I have loved your videos so much.

  • Ok maybe this is a silly question, but I do wonder, will there ever be a day that I can expect my puppy to do things without a food reward? Iโ€™m not at all against food rewards, I just want to be prepared ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • At what age can I start training? I have an 8 wk old pup and I have tried basic stuff like sit and she caught on very quickly but stuff like come and wait and lay down and leave it, are much much harder

  • Great videos, just a suggestion. How about McCann logoed vest for training treats,easier and quicker than a pant pocket and you could have them for sale. Iโ€™ll take a medium one.

  • Would be more realistic if you used UNTRAINED dogs in your videos…unfair…what command do they need to know BEFORE this one? Sit?

  • I watched the microwave scene 10 times before finally watching the whole video. That was absolute gold

  • thank you for the video! what do you recommend i do if my dog gets discouraged after not following my commands and just lays down? I find myself in training scenarios where my puppy is either really distracted or not paying attention to me and I have her on a lead to not let her roam free, but then she just lays down and stops paying attention to me. HELP please!

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