Stay comes in handy when you need your dog to remain quietly in place for a while. Working on Long Down makes learning Stay much easier for dogs because they have already learned to control themselves.
Relationship based dog training philosophy
When he is successful at this, gradually increase the distance between you. At first, only go as far as the leash will allow. Try walking all the way around him while still holding his leash. Remember to gently replace him if he moves. If he is having trouble, decrease the distance, and keep practicing. Work slowly up to greater distances, and then longer duration.
- 1. With your dog in a Sit, stand on his right, both of you facing the same direction, holding his leash in your left hand.
- 2. Say "Stay". (do not call the dog's name for this exercise)
- 3. Take a small step to the right, wait about 3 seconds, then step back to your dog's side.
- 4. If he moves, gently replace him and repeat step 3.
- 5. Praise him but do not touch him. (petting usually excites dogs, and they break the stay)
- 6. Say "Stay", then take a small step in front of him to face him, wait about 3 seconds, then step back to his side.
- 7. If he moves, gently replace him and repeat step 6.
- 8. Praise him but do not touch him.
- 9. Give your release command, then step forward with him.
- 10. NOW you can pet him and tell him what a Good Boy he is!
Want to know more? Try Dog Training For Dummies by Jack & Wendy Volhard. Better yet, enroll your dog in an obedience class!