In this article, we’re going to show you how to teach a dog to stay.
We have seen and heard about dogs getting hit by cars, attacked by other dogs and scaring the wits out of other people because they have lacked the ability to ‘stay’.
This is a really important command so it’s worth spending the time with your dog to make sure you both get it right.
Because this cue is all about teaching your dog to have self-control, it can be challenging – especially if you have a puppy, so it’s best to teach your dog to stay AFTER she has learned how to sit and how to lie down.
Ready? Let’s start!
OK, OK we admit it,
The training methods we write about here at Pet Checkers aren’t our own.
They are the positive re-enforcement methods of world-renowned dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell.
How to Teach Your Dog to Stay, Step-by-Step
Step One: Increase the Duration
Once she’s waiting reliably for a minute or more, it’s time to start increasing your distance from her.
Step Two: Create Distance
Now it’s time to create some distance between you and your dog.
Step Three: Increase the Distance
Now you have created a little bit of distance between you and your dog, it’s time to start increasing it.
Step Four: Vary Your Body Position
We’re going to make things harder for your dog now.
Step Five: Proofing the Cue
Once your dog has made it this far and she ‘stays’ when you walk around her and turn your back on her, it’s time to make things even harder.
This is called proofing the cue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Training your dog to stay can be quite challenging as it doesn’t come naturally to her. They’re social animals and spend their time together instead of being separate.
So with that being said, don’t get frustrated if she breaks her stay – she wants to be with you. Her natural instinct is to follow you.
But, if you’re struggling, here are a few commonly asked questions;
“My Dog Won’t Stay When She’s Excited, How Do I Fix it?”
The ‘stay’ command is a difficult command to master because it takes impulse control and dogs are impulsive by nature.
The key is to have her master the cue in a quiet environment where there are no distractions first. Then build up the level of distractions SLOWLY.
So when she mastered it indoors, take her into the garden. Once she’s mastered that, take her somewhere new but quiet and build up from there.
Don’t expect too much too soon. Doing so will set her up to fail. Take your time and reward generously from compliance with either super tasty treats, her favorite toy or some enthusiastic praise.
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