Teach Your Dog To Stay – Beginner

The command “stay” requires that the dog remain in the designated place and position, with no resistance such as moving, whining, or barking, until you either release him or give another command.  This can be used in correlation with a command such as “sit”  to help the dog know what is expected of them.

This is a fairly easy command to train, as it requires that the dog do nothing except to stay in that spot for the length of time you specify.  You can teach your dog to stay by following these easy, force-free steps:

  • Be prepared:
    • Have your dog on a collar and leash
    • Have the treats your dog likes the most (training will involve lots of positive feedback)
  • Start in a spot that’s familiar to your dog, without any tempting distractions around
  • Keep him focused on you by standing right in front of him, giving him your full attention, and looking him in the eye.
  • With a treat in your hand, ask your dog to sit
  • If your dog holds his position for two seconds, reward him by giving him a treat & praise
  • Repeat the process, this time having him hold his position for a few seconds longer before rewarding

As your dog demonstrates that he has mastered to stay on command, start rewarding him every other time, then rewarding him randomly — just every now and then.  Practice makes perfect!  Repeat this sequence a few times every day until your dog has it mastered.  At this point, you can move onto the “advanced” training



Teach Your Dog To Stay – Advanced

  • With your dog is in the sit position, give him the stay command
  • Take a couple of steps back
    • He will most likely follow you the first couple of time you do this
    • When he starts to come up from his sit position, correct him with “no” or “sit
    • Reward him when he resumes his sit position
  • Repeat these steps as needed
  • Once he has not followed you, give him his treat reward



What NOT to do:

  • Never force your dog or puppy into a sitting position
  • Do not use the leash to pull or yank the dog into a sit position
  • Do not physically push the dog’s bottom to the ground



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