Teach Your Boston Terrier to Wait – A Step-by-Step Guide

Teaching your Boston Terrier to wait is an important skill that can help them stay out of trouble and ensure their safety.

Waiting patiently when asked can be a difficult task for any dog, but with patience and consistency you can teach your Boston terrier the basics of waiting in no time!

A Boston Terrier waiting patiently.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to train your pup.

Teaching Your Boston Terrier How To Wait

Why is it important to teach your Boston Terrier how to wait?

Dogs need to learn how to wait because it can help them stay out of trouble and keep them safe. It is important to teach your Boston Terrier this skill, especially if you want them to behave well.

If you are just starting out training your Boston Terrier be sure to check out our amazing resource covering 49 different things you can teach your Boston here: 49 Training Commands To Teach Your Boston.

Steps On How To Teach Your Boston Terrier To Wait

Step 1: Establish a Cue Word or Phrase

The first step in teaching your pup to wait is establishing a cue word or phrase that you will use every time you want them to wait. This should be something simple, like “wait” or “stay”, and it should be used consistently whenever you want your pup to wait.

Step 2: Start Slow and Close

Begin by having your pup sit in front of you, then take one small step back away from them. Say the cue word or phrase firmly and clearly, then give them a treat immediately after they remain seated for a few seconds without moving. Gradually increase the number of steps you take back until you are several feet away from them before giving them their reward.

Step 3: Increase Difficulty

Once they have mastered remaining seated at a distance, begin increasing the difficulty by adding distractions into the mix. Have someone else enter the room while they are sitting still, or add some noise such as clapping hands or stomping feet while they remain seated.

With each challenge presented, make sure to provide lots of praise and rewards if they remain seated until given permission to move forward!

Step 4: Increase Durations

After mastering sitting still with distractions present, gradually increase the durations that they must wait before receiving their reward. Begin with just five-second increments, then ten seconds, and so on until they can remain seated for up to one minute without becoming distracted or leaving their spot!

Make sure not to rush this process; it’s important for your pup to feel comfortable with the new skill before pushing them too hard!

Video On Training Your Dog How To

Here is a helpful video from Petsmart walking you through the steps of how to train your dog to wait.

Final Thoughts…

Training your Boston Terrier to wait is an important part of ensuring their safety and preventing bad behavior from occurring. With patience and consistency, you can teach your pup this valuable skill in just a few weeks!

Remember to always provide lots of praise and rewards when training new behaviors–this will keep your pup motivated and make learning more fun for both of you!

Want to learn some more commands and training tricks be sure to check out this article on Boston Terrier Society: 49 Training Commands And Tricks To Teach Your Boston!

Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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