Training your dog to “stay” is one of the hardest basic commands to teach, this is also one of the most useful.
How to teach “Stay”
“Stay” is probably the most difficult exercise to teach, because puppies just hate being still! However, with short, frequent practise sessions, this exercise can be mastered and is useful in a number of situations, such as when your dog is about to dive out of the car before you put his lead on.
- Start with the ‘down-stay’. Ask your dog to go “Down”.
- Say "Stay" in a steady tone of voice and put your hand out in front of you with your palm facing forwards.
- Wait a few seconds, then press your clicker and reward your dog for staying put. Practise this several times.
- Next, ask him to go “Down” again, then take a step back and say "Stay".
- After about three seconds, click, step forwards and reward him. Praise him for being really clever.
- Gradually increase the length and the distance of the ‘stay’. But don't try to do too much too soon.
- If your dog breaks the ‘stay’, don’t shout at him. Simply not clicking or rewarding is lesson enough. Getting cross is counterproductive.
Mastered teaching your dog to “stay”? Take a look at some of the other basic dog commands.