Is your dog ever underfoot or in your way and you accidentally run into him or her or even trip? Teaching your dog to move out of the way and to do so politely for you, the dog mom or dad, is a fun and bonding experience for human and canine. You will also impress people when they see your dog politely step aside when you say aloud, “excuse me.”
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Step One of Teaching Your Dog To Move
Promise yourself two things: You will have patience/never yell at or scold a dog AND you will try this is very short segments. Five minutes once or twice a day. I learned long ago from dog mom who has a trick dog that smaller bursts of trying something new is key AND you should always end on a positive note. Clap and reward your dog. You want the dog to feel good for doing this and not like a robot who must follow orders.
Watch this video, as this is the end result and how weeks upon months of practice came to fruition. Listen as I say “excuse me” and my dog, Dexter, politely moves out of the way. I will say that when I am out and about with my dog, at expos, shows, shopping, or anywhere…people are forever asking me how he learned that. Keep watching and reading.
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If your dog is older or has no concept of what getting out of the way is…or maybe you say something else like “move it” or “beep beep,” then you need to take even more time with this. Shorter bursts, a minute here, a minute there. You simply want to reward your dog for moving when you say “excuse me.” Teaching your dog to move is the goal here.
Whenever you are walking and your dog is literally in your way, you must stop walking and say aloud your dog’s name accompanied by “excuse me.” So it comes out: “Fluffy, excuse me.” Sort of keep moving forward without crashing into your dog. The moment your dog is out of your way, you reward. He or she just won best in show. Celebrate like there’s no tomorrow. Mental confetti. You may want to carry a few of your dog’s favorite treats when starting out. You want the dog to know he or she just did something that merits a high value reward. Don’t randomly carry the treats if you aren’t planning to work on “excuse me.” For many dogs, their noses will seek out what’s lurking in your pocket and everything else is white noise.
That’s it. Teaching excuse me is very simple but you need to be consistent without being annoying and trying too hard. If your dog isn’t getting it or just simply is not interested, you do not want to end on a sour note. Have the dog do something that he or she is good at, no matter what it is, and then reward, clap, celebrate. The goal of learning anything new is to enhance the relationship between dog parent and dog.
You can also put your dog in a sit-stay and then say excuse me and implement the same techniques above. You walk forward a bit, say excuse me in a happy voice, and when the dog ever so gently moves aside, you reward.
This is word and movement association. If your dog is hard of hearing, you can still teach “excuse me.” Click: how to teach a dog hand signals.
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And now some super fun for you and your dog! Prizes galore, as we shared above. Here is how to enter. Just go through the easy-to-enter form below and visit the different blogs listed for even more entries. Easy peasy, right?! If you visit each of the blogs, you can learn a new trick AND enter for more chances to win. Fun stuff! Give your pawsome dogs a scritch behind the ears from us and good luck!!!
USA and Canada only. PetSmart is not a sponsor of this giveaway, and the bloggers got together to purchase the gift card. The giveaway and hop are sponsored by Caru, Nature’s Logic, and The Honest Kitchen.
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