The “stop” order: how to teach it to my dog?


The "stop" (or "halt") is one of the basic commands essential to instill in your pooch as soon as possible. Teach him to s' stop as soon as you order it will be very useful when you stroll. The sessions, when they are practiced in a positive spirit , strengthen the bond between the master and his four-legged companion because they represent a special moment during which the dog is the center of attention and he loves it! Our advice for teaching your animal to stop on demand.

The stop order how to teach it to my dog

Why teach your dog the “stop” command?

Like the “no move” command, the “stop” command aims in particular to guarantee the safety of your dog in the event of danger . The objective is to stop him immediately in all circumstances: near a pedestrian crossing for example, if he rushes after a cat, if he is bickering with another dog or if he jumps on a person. . When your doggie will have fully acquired this injunction, the “stop” order can get him out of perilous situations or even save his life . Namely that the education of a dog can start very early because even at two or three months, he is able to understand what is expected of him and will be happy to answer them. An adult dogAlso knows very well how to assimilate the learning provided to practice the sessions with gentleness and patience.

Four recommendations before you start

  • Use treats . The rewards - in the form of snacks coupled with kudos and hugs - will help achieve your goal quickly and efficiently. With this in mind, prefer food that does not crumble in your pockets or on the floor when you offer it. Ideally, choose palatable delicacies like sausages Knackis type or pieces of cheese. The rewards must change from his ordinary croquettes in order to give the sessions a motivating aspect that comes out of his daily life;
  • For your training, select a calm environment without too many stimuli (odors, presence of congeners …) which could distract your dog's attention. If possible, complete the home sessions. In addition to being low in distraction, the location chosen must obviously be completely secure , away from all traffic;
  • Make sure your dog has let off steam and defecated before starting the training session. If your pooch has not spent enough time before the session, he may lack concentration and you will not be able to capture his attention;
  • Choose the verbal formula that you will address to your dog. Favor a short order so that it can be integrated easily. For this exercise, the most used orders are “stop” or “ halt e”. Once you have decided on the expression, don't change it again and ask everyone in your family to use the same word so as not to confuse the animal.

Learning to “stop” on a leash

The "stop" is the transition from a movement to a stop tota l. This order aims to stop your dog at the time you have chosen. How to proceed ?
  • Walk next to your tethered dog and stop by saying "stop" or "halt". Make sure to give the order just before he is held back by the leash;
  • Your dog may not immediately understand what is expected of him and will continue to walk. If necessary, give a light blow on the leash while stopping;
  • When the animal does, offer him the treat and praise him ardently;
  • To start again, give an order like “go”;
  • Repeat the process until it comes to a standstill for ten seconds ;
  • Reward and congratulate him ardently on each success .

Learning to “stop” without a leash

When your dog has learned the “stop” command on the leash, you can begin the exercise by untying it .
  • Unhook the leash, go side by side and give the order “stop” by stopping dead;
  • If your dog continues to walk, call him back and start again ;
  • When he obeys the order, reward him with snacking and hugs;
  • Repeat the exercise until your companion has acquired the learning.

Test your dog in a stimulating place

Now that your dog comes to a stop when you command him, a final test is to take him to an area where odors and similarities are likely to distract him. In this environment with strong stimuli , you will be able to see if he is able to stop dead despite, for example, the presence of another dog. If distractions don't distract him, you've risen to the challenge!

Last advice before starting to learn the “stop”

As with any education session, hitchhiking training sessions should be kept short and enjoyable so that your dog does not get tired and stress . If you do not feel he is receptive, do not insist and do not get upset because you risk depriving him of the desire to learn. On the other hand, do not abuse the “stop” order because the order must remain occasional and not be trivialized. As your pet progresses, you can replace the treat with hugs and warm congratulations .