Teaching A Great Stay – It’s an important command
You know, once your dog knows how to sit, there are three steps to teach your dog to stay in a sit. So, Keeper and I are going to show you those three steps. We’re going to use sit as the example. Take a look.
The Goal of Teaching Your Dog To Stay
Now, you always want to have a goal to work towards when you’re teaching your dog to stay in a stationary command like a sit. That’s really important. Don’t make it too long to begin with. Work in small increments, like 10, 15, 20 seconds, like that, and then build from there.
Teaching A Great Stay – Step One -Time
The very first step is to build time next to your dog. We’ll use five seconds or 10 seconds as our example.
Teaching a Great Stay – Step Two – Distance
Gradually add distance from your dog. Once your dog has a solid sit, and you’ve reached your goal, be it five or 10 seconds or even 20 seconds, then gradually begin to require that same time at a greater distance.
Teaching a Great Stay – Step Three – Distractions
Once you’ve achieved your distance, then the last thing, step number three, is to add distractions.
Those can be anything that are relevant to your environment. If you’re in the home, it’s got to be kids and stuff like that if you have kids.
If you don’t, it could be tennis balls, squeaky toys, anything that you can use to begin to distract your dog. Remember, when you’re working with distractions, always start with a lower distraction first and then build to a higher distraction later, once you’ve proofed your dog on the lower distractions.