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Teach Your Puppy To Do Nothing

You want your puppy to think that hanging around with you is the best thing in the world; when you’re on the move he wants to be too, when you’re doing nothing he wants to be too.

Just in the way that you sat on the step with your puppy and stood at the car then so too you’re going to get into the habit of doing nothing out on your walks... and it is one of the hardest things in dog training to get into the habit of; when you’re on a walk you want to be walking, when you’re training you want to be training, not hanging around doing nothing, however, there are times, many times, when you’re out and about and doing exactly that... meeting friends in the street, browsing a shop window, having lunch in the pub or waiting your turn to do an exercise in a training group.

Stand still for a minute and watch the world go by... if your puppy starts to wander off, take a little step away from him and give him a gentle prod with a finger; when he comes back to you smile and continue admiring the view – if the prod isn’t enough say his name in a fast and almost, but not quite, sharp way as you do so. He’ll get the hang of it very quickly and the more you do it the easier it will be for your puppy to just chill out when you stop and do nothing.

An excerpt from The Pet Gundog Puppy
by Lez Graham MA

first published 23 August 2019

Blog - Teach Your Puppy To Do Nothing

You want your puppy to think that hanging around with you is the best thing in the world; when you’re on the move he wants to be too, when you’re doing nothing he wants to be too.

Teach Your Puppy To Do Nothing

Just in the way that you sat on the step with your puppy and stood at the car then so too you’re going to get into the habit of doing nothing out on your walks... and it is one of the hardest things in dog training to get into the habit of; when you’re on a walk you want to be walking, when you’re training you want to be training, not hanging around doing nothing, however, there are times, many times, when you’re out and about and doing exactly that... meeting friends in the street, browsing a shop window, having lunch in the pub or waiting your turn to do an exercise in a training group.

Stand still for a minute and watch the world go by... if your puppy starts to wander off, take a little step away from him and give him a gentle prod with a finger; when he comes back to you smile and continue admiring the view – if the prod isn’t enough say his name in a fast and almost, but not quite, sharp way as you do so. He’ll get the hang of it very quickly and the more you do it the easier it will be for your puppy to just chill out when you stop and do nothing.

An excerpt from The Pet Gundog Puppy
by Lez Graham MA

first published 23 August 2019