This is the second part to Teaching Your Dog To Wait In The Car. If you’ve been following along, at this point you no longer need to have a leash on your dog in the car. You should be able to drive to your destination, get out of the car, and your dog doesn’t try to get out of the car unless invited out.
Teaching your dog to wait in the car is beneficial for both you, and your dog. If you show your dog how to wait in the car, windows wide open, or the top down, you have a security system, via your dog, for your vehicle, and the added bonus of a pet that is not overheating in a locked car. When it’s warm outside, leaving the car windows wide open can mean the difference between life and death for your dog. But, if you have a dog that hops out of the window as soon as you walk away, this can create a life, or death, situation in itself. Showing your dog how to stay in the car isn’t a difficult behavior to teach, but as anything that you want your dog to learn, it will take time on your part to teach him.
The sit pretty is an extension of the sit command. This is another word I interchange between English and my chosen foreign language for Misty. I like her to know both, and then I eventually drop the English version. One of the commands I use the foreign version of turned out to mean lay down for her.
Misty became a solid part of our family quickly. After those first weeks of tying to the couch she realized that this was permanent. She wasn’t going back to that cement and steel home at the shelter. If a dog can be thankful, (which I believe they can, and are) Misty was thankful. She became my full-time companion. If I had to leave her for an extended period, like for work, so I could earn money to buy her doggy treats. My kids told me that Misty would become obviously depressed. They couldn’t get her to do anything. She’d lay on the chair waiting for me to come home.
I had the newspaper laid out on the bed next to the pile of laundry I was folding. I rarely found time to read the paper, this was a good opportunity to catch up on the local news.