Dog Training: Command: Stay In Truck Bed

Obedience train dogs, it is easy. Do you notice other peoples' pets wait for them in the back of their trucks? Do you wish your animal were trained to do that?

Would you like your dog to stay in the back of your pickup? Are you currently teaching him, or have tried teaching him but are not succeeding? Here are some suggestions that might help you teach him to stay while you go into different places. Dogs want to be with their person, and think that they are being left behind. You need to show him how much you appreciate him when he stays in the truck. This process also helps him stay in when there is something exciting going on outside of the truck.

First, make a tie that you can put him on for a while. Make sure he can not jump out of the truck and hang himself from it. So I suggest placing a fairly tight rope cinched on both sides of the truck, slack enough so he can stand comfortably. Every time you go somewhere, have him load and tie him in the vehicle. Do not leave him for extended periods of time, only fifteen to twenty minutes. Step outside from time to time and check to make sure he is okay. I would even keep a bag of goodies to treat him with each time you go out. Give him lots of praise. This will relax him, and let him know he is respected for waiting.

When you feel he is getting the idea of staying in the truck, try small periods at home. Have him load in, and go mess around the house for a couple of minutes, no more than five. If he is still in the truck, give him huge praises and treat him well. Do this several times and as often as you can during the day. This will reinforce the respect you give him for staying in the truck. When you feel he is getting better, extend the time spent in the truck at home to ten minutes. Also, drive to a friend's home, and do a trial period, approximately five minutes.

Each time your dog stays give him all the praise you can muster! It is so important in the training. Take him to different, safe places as often as possible and continue to do short trial runs of five to ten minutes. If he jumps out of the truck, do not scold him. Just firmly have him come back and load. When he does, you should praise him. If you feel it is necessary to tie him again, this would be a good time. But, leave him only for a small amount of time. When you come back, make a big deal about how proud you are he is in the truck, even though he is tied. This step could take a long time, and you will need great patience. It will pay off, though. Your dog will begin to learn with constant repetition that he is appreciated when he waits patiently.

Scolding a dog for jumping out is not appropriate. He might think you are angry with him, and are putting him in a penalty box, the truck. If you are firm, simply saying, "load up." Then when he is in the truck, giving him lots of attention, he will not feel punished in his area. Usually, dogs forget very easily. If you catch your dog hanging over the side of the truck on his way out, you can say, "no, no, no; stay in the truck." Do not scream at him; be assertive with him. Again, if you start screaming and yelling, he will feel this is a punishment. When he decides to stay in the truck, give him the affection he deserves. Although you are probably overly frustrated at this point, your affection will really help him stay.

Obviously, this teaching process will be easier on a younger dog. They seem more apt for information and want to please their owner. Older dogs tend to have their own set program, which can be trying on us to modify. Your patience and persistence will overcome these routines. You just need to make it a bonding project, and spend lots of time on it. Your dog will appreciate you teaching him without anger, and will be more willing to learn.

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