There’s no denying that dogs are super fun pets to have around, but there are a lot of responsibilities involved with dog ownership. One of the most important responsibilities is training your dog to maintain basic obedience. This doesn’t just help make your dog more enjoyable to be around—it also helps keep them safe and healthy in everyday situations. One critical aspect of training is teaching your pet how to stay put when necessary. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do just that.
This is a process that takes time, patience and commitment. It’s a lot like learning to ride a bike or play golf. You need some practice to get the hang of it, but once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, you’ll find that your efforts are well rewarded—and so will your dog!
The first step towards teaching your dog to stay involves identifying what behaviors he naturally does when left alone. For example: if he always sits down when people leave him alone then this could be used as part of training for staying put at other times. Or perhaps he sits down naturally when another animal approaches – this too can be used during training in order to encourage him to remain still when someone else enters the room where your puppy is crated or confined.
It is important that you have enough treats on hand to train your dog. You will want to start with a small handful and keep them in easy reach.
When training a dog, it is critical that the treats used are small enough to use as rewards during training sessions. Reward your dog generously with a treat after he completes each command successfully (don’t overdo it or he will get sick of them). If you do this consistently over time, you’ll be able to see results very quickly!
If your dog has food allergies, try using his favorite toy instead of food as a reward for good behavior. Make sure that whatever item you’re using as a reward isn’t too large or heavy; otherwise, it might get lodged between his teeth and cause injury when playing fetch later on down the road.
The first step.
The first step to training your dog to stay is choosing a command. You want something that will be easy for you to remember, but also something that your dog will respond to and understand. You should avoid using any commands that sound too similar, or else there may be confusion in the training process. For example, if you choose “stop” as your command and also use it when telling your dog not to move forward (as in “stop eating”) then it can cause confusion for both of you when trying to train them separately.
For example: If I were going to choose a word as my stay command, I would choose “stay” because this is short and easy for me to say quickly while staying focused on the task at hand (walking). It also happens often throughout my day (staying!) so this word won’t mean anything special coming from my mouth besides “stay!”
Taking it further.
The next step is to add distance to the stay. You’re already familiar with your dog’s ability to remain calm and still for a few seconds, so you can see how this will build on that. Take two or three steps backward, giving your dog enough room to move around but not much else. Reward him when he follows the rules and stays where he is until it’s time for release. Once he understands one step backward, add another step back while continuing with the positive reinforcement process.
If your dog seems confused by any of these stages or if they don’t seem possible at first, remember that this is an ongoing training exercise—you’ll need to keep working at it until it becomes second nature!
Increase duration of the stay.
Once your dog can stay for 5 seconds, increase the time by 1 second each day. If a timer is not available, keep track of the time in your head until you can get one. When you are ready to work on increasing duration, put your dog in the stay position and begin counting aloud as you walk away from him/her (to avoid being distracted by his/her movements).
At first, only leave him/her alone for 5 seconds before returning to praise them and releasing them from the stay. As they gain confidence with this exercise, increase the amount of time that he/she holds his/her position until he/she can remain there for about 20 seconds without moving or getting up on his own accord before being released from the exercise.
Once your dog has mastered staying in place for 20 seconds without getting up or following after you when told “free” (more on this later), begin adding distractions such as having other people come over to pet him and reward him with treats while still keeping him at bay with treats or favorite toys if necessary until he learns how much better it feels when he stays put!
Add distractions to the stay.
To make your dog stay, you’ll need to add distractions. Distractions can be anything that your dog finds interesting: a cat, another dog, a person walking down the street or even an object such as a ball or toy. If you are training your dog to stay in a room, then you can add distractions by setting up some toys for them to play with when they’re supposed to be staying put.
If you’re training your dog to stay outside on their own property, then adding distractions will mean increasing the number of people who walk past them and stopping at different times so that there is always something interesting happening right where they are supposed to stay.
Training your dog to stay is a great way to train him or her to always remain close by and listen when you need him or her to do so.
It’s best if you start the training process when your dog is still young, but even older dogs can be trained with patience and consistency.
The stay command is one of the most important commands you can teach your dog. I personally know how frustrating it can be when dogs don’t listen to you, so I hope that you find my tips helpful and that they help improve your relationship with your pup.