It’s amazing that some of the easiest commands to teach a dog can also be the most useful.
Is your dog about to roll in something nasty in the yard?
Did you accidentally drop a pill on the floor but your pup thinks it’s a treat?
Don’t worry, the Off command comes to the rescue! It’s similar to the Leave It command so feel free to change the words if you like. Heck, you can call it anything you like, it just means that your dog is supposed to back away from whatever he’s currently interested in. Look how easy it is to teach your dog the Off command.
Teach Your Dog the Off CommandHave your dog sit in front of you while you hold a yummy treat in front of his nose.
Allow your dog to sniff the treat, but make sure he can’t grab it.
Your dog may paw at it or get a little frustrated while trying to get the treat.
Give the verbal command, “Off”.
As soon as his nose makes the slightest movement away from your hand, give him the treat and praise.
Practice the command with several short sessions a day.
Most dogs figure this out pretty quick, but in the beginning you’ll reward very small movements away from your hand until you see that your dog understands what you’re asking. He may just move his nose slightly down or away from the treat, but that’s what you’re looking for at first. Once your dog “gets it” and consistently makes movements away from your hand with the command, you can slowly increase the distance he moves away by repeating the command or by holding on to the treat a tiny bit longer each time as he slowly increases the amount of distance that he backs up.
Need some tips?
Easy Ways to Reinforce the Off Command
Check out Haley’s video below for three good reasons to teach your dog the Off command.
There you have it! It’s easy to train the Off command and it really comes in handy in so many different circumstances. Who knows, it could even save your dog’s life one day!
Did you teach your dog the Off command? Tell us when you use it the most and share your tips for training the command.