Dogs typically don’t have a lot of patience, especially when it comes to something they really want – like food, or going outside, or their favorite toy. Teaching your dog “impulse control” can be very useful in these situations.
The following link will take you to a video by trainer Mikkel Becker that will teach you the basics of training your dog to be patient. Although she focuses on “waiting for the food bowl”, this technique can be applied to many other situations in which patience is a virtue.
I promise it’s not too difficult! In fact, I often use similar techniques to encourage patience during my veterinary visits with dogs. Many times, the owners don’t realize what I’m up to, and the dogs learn very quickly what I am asking of them.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you try this training skill with your dog!