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Teaching your dog to ‘Stay’ on command

Teaching your dog to ‘Stay’ on command

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 13/02/2012   Category: Dog Training

Once you have mastered teaching your dog to sit, the next command to teach would be for your dog to stay. Many see this is a lot more difficult than sitting but in fact it is exactly the same level of obedience and will be a huge step forward in your dog training.

As long as you teach correctly, it will work. Firstly, ensure your dog is happy and comfortable before starting the training, if they need the toilet or food they won’t concentrate as much as they should. Attach a lead to your dog’s collar. If doing this gets your dog excited by thinking it’s going for a walk, perhaps take your dog for a short walk. You dog will need full concentration for this dog training to work.

When you are ready to begin training command your dog to sit, hold the lead loosely and take one step away from your dog. Now with a firm strong voice, give the command ‘Stay’. Do not shout this command. When giving the command, you must decide if you want to use a hand action or not. If you wish to do so, reinforce this command by holding your hand flat out in front of the dogs face. Please note, if you do this you must do this every time you command your dog to stay. You must also get the timing of the use of the hand signal correct every time. This is what your dog will learn from and changing this will confuse them.

Once you have stepped away from the dog, with the lead loosely in your hand, begin walk around your dog ensuring you make eye contact at all times. If your dog begins to move, command to sit immediately. If your dog stays still for five seconds then return to your dog, praise and reward with a treat. If you have recently taught the command sit using treats, try to keep these treats the same. Now try again, several times but moving further away and for slightly more time. If your dog begins to do this easily, it is time to let go of the lead. Please ensure when you go back to your dog, you then end the stay command with a new command, such as ‘come’.

Your dog will soon learn that they must stay until told to otherwise so you must have a new command to follow stay with if you want them to come. Ensure each and every time you treat and praise your dog. A dog knowing it is doing well and getting treats will be a dog wanting to learn more.

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