Teaching your dog to stay is a very important command and can prove to be very useful in a number of situations. It helps when another dog is feeling threatened or intimidated by it – which I have learned from my experience with my dog. It especially proves helpful when you have company over, you’re eating dinner or watching a movie, or are visiting with family or friends. Once you learn how to successfully teach your dog the command, you can use it in a variety of situations almost anywhere. In fact, you’ll probably have the most behaved dog ever!
Here are five tips for teaching your dog to stay:
1. When you’re in the training process, use a leash to remind them to stay in their spot. Make them sit and then use a a voice command (“Stay”) along with a hand motion to go along with it. A simple open-palmed hand facing your dog will suffice. Walk away backwards while still using the hand motion, holding the leash. If the pup moves or gets up right away, repeat the whole thing. If they’ve let some time pass without moving, tell the dog, “Come!” Don’t forget to praise your dog for a job well done (and treats will work early on)!
2. Try giving the command starting in the standing or lying down positions. You’ll know it’s successful if your dog isn’t changing positions when you give it the command.
3. When training them to stay, work on it a little at a time. Once they learn to stay for a few seconds, start to add distance little by little.
4. When your dog is in their spot, try to fight the urge to repeat saying, “Stay.” Chanting “Stay… stay… stay…” will not only prove to be unsuccessful, it is also more work for you!
5. If you decide to try training your dog to stay outdoors, make sure that they are in a fenced-in area. Otherwise, you may be saying “Stay” as they fly the coop!
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