Begin practicing the wait with a refresher. Do a couple ‘waits for duration’ each time you start. This helps your puppy get into the ‘mindset’ of staying in one place.
When we begin turning our backs moving away from puppy, it can be a little confusing. With that in mind, don’t expect your puppy to be able to stay put if you start off with the funky chicken or try to walk out of the room. That’s too much too fast.
Start by turning to the side and immediately back. Then turn your back. Work your way up to turning all the way around. Then start adding in movement to the sides and so on, until you’re dancing the hokey pokey without your puppy turning himself around!
Don’t forget that you want puppy to be facing the direction in which you are moving. At this stage, they need to keep eyes on you. Work the wait in throughout your day. Waiting at the door, in many different rooms, while you’re folding laundry, reading the mail, etc.
P.S. Don’t forget what you’ve been learning! Continue to practice and capture focus, sitting/laying/standing, and here throughout your days. Remember that we’re training our puppies to follow the cadence of our lives. Practicing behaviors as we go about daily routines helps your puppy to learn and focus consistently and predictably because he understands what’s expected of him or her at all times. Oh, and by the way, playing with your puppy after you’ve practiced a lesson or worked on a new behavior actually HELPS them to solidify all of that information in their minds! (Like we NEED a reason to play with our puppies more!)