Teaching your dog to stay in one place has many benefits. It focuses on self-control and will encourage dogs to think and process versus react in situations. Teaching stay can promote calmness and relaxation in your dog’s day.
Suggestions on when stay can be used:
A few words of caution…
Teaching Stay Beginnings:
Step 1– Choose a behavior, whether it is a sit or a down, that is easiest for your dog. Some dogs are more comfortable in a sit and some are more comfortable in a down. Know your dog. This is the first piece to successful stay.
Step 2– Briefly place your right hand in front of your dog’s face with the palm open and toward him.
Step 3– Count to one, return to your dog’s side, praise him and click and treat. Release and try again!
Step 4– Reset your dog. Give your hand signal/cue and count for 3 seconds. Release with your cue by throwing a treat out.
Step 5– Repeat steps- Gradually increase the amount of time you require him or her to hold the position.
Step 6– Remember to bounce between hard and easy amounts of time to keep your dog engaged and end your training on a good note.
Adding the Cue:
Step 1– Add the Cue “Stay” and follow step 2… this is now adding a verbal cue to a hand cue
Adding the Cue:
Step 1– Ask your dog to sit and stay.
Step 2-Walk all the way around your dog and click and treat as you return to front.
Step 3– If your dog gets up, reset the stay and only go part way around and go back to the front and treat… continue adding steps around like following a clock face.
Don’t try to walk all the way around in one try… you are actually teaching your dog to move out of place. Practice in chunks… so that you set your dog up for success. Try walking a quarter of the way and move back to start. Reward. Then try again with a little bit more around your dog. Remember to STOP before you have pushed your dog too far and he or she gets up!