How Do I Train My Dog to Stay?

Get Ready

You should only train your dog when you are in the mood to do so. This will help you in feeling as motivated as possible in order to train your dog. If you become frustrated, you will not give up and will stick with it even when your dog is not listening.

You should also try to keep your sessions as short as possible. This will help you in remaining motivated throughout the entire session. Try to start with five to ten-minute sessions rather than long sessions so your dog does not become bored.

Give rewards

You should also prepare rewards for your training session of teaching stay. Make sure the rewards are something your dog enjoys. If it enjoys being praised, use excessive praise. If it would rather have a treat reward, provide treats to the dog in response to the awards.

Try to give a treat that is small and easily able to be eaten though. This will ensure that your dog does not become distracted or overwhelmed. Another option for a reward is allowing your dog to play with its favorite toy for a second after completing a reward-worthy task.

Teach sit first

It is important to make sure your dog understands how to sit first. This is the position in which the stay command will begin. They have to be seated in order to do the most basic form of the stay trick.

In order to teach your dog to sit, raise a reward above its head. It should then sit in an effort to want to get the reward as it will be easier to access. Keep your hand raised until the dog is fully seated in order to ensure that it remains that way.

Prepare to practice

You should always be prepared to practice this routine repeatedly. This is a more difficult trick that will take time for your dog to learn effectively. It could take your dog several weeks of practice at least in order to master the trick.

Every dog will learn at a different pace. It is important to be patient with your dog in order to get the best results. Be consistent as well and do not give p just because your dog it not learning right away. It will take time for some dogs.

Make sure your dog is comfortable

As mentioned, you will start out by teaching your dog to sit. It is important for the dog to be in a place where it is not able to become distracted easily. It should have its full focus on you for the entire practice session.

You should also make sure that the place you are teaching the trick is comfortable for your dog to sit at. If the area would be painful at all to your dog from extreme temperatures or materials, they will not be able to focus on the trick.

Use your palm

You have to use the palm of your hand when teaching your dog to stay. You should put your palm in front of your dog’s face and say “stay.” The dog will pick up on both the action and the command that you gave.

Continue repeating the word “stay” with your palm in front of the dog’s face. This will help to ensure the dog picks up on the association between the action and the command. Make sure to use the same word, and remain firm yet calm when giving the command.

Start stepping

From this point, you will begin stepping backward. Only take one or two steps at a time in order to not take things too far. Keep speaking the command of “stay” as you are stepping backward in order to reinforce the idea while keeping your palm out.

Be prepared for your dog to begin following you. This will only happen the first few times though if you remain firm. Simply say “no” any time that it starts to follow you, giving praise when he goes back to the original seated position to sit and stay in.

Give a reward

If your dog stays as you want it to, immediately give it a reward. This is part of the reinforcement that is needed for your dog to learn the trick effectively. If the dog is staying when you are walking backward, this is proof that it is learning the trick.

It is important to not have the dog come when you give it the initial reward. Simply walk to where the dog is sitting in order to give it the reward. You do not want to teach the dog “come” until it has become better at “stay.”

Teach the dog to come

As mentioned, do not begin this trick until the dog has learned to come. It is again important to use a consistent word to ensure the dog knows what the command means. The word should signal a release from the dog’s stay position.

It is important to use a confident and firm tone when asking the dog to come as well. Do not use a word you use in everyday language either as this can confuse the dog when you speak it in everyday language. You should want all of your commands to be as clear as possible.

Increase distance

The final step in teaching your dog to stay is in increasing the distance that your dog has to stay. This should be gradual, however. Only increase the distance after your dog has mastered the short distance.

Start increasing distance by only five more steps at a time to start. You could then increase it to ten and then to even further. Make sure you continue to reward the dog only when it stays as it should and not at any time that it gets up in order to enforce the command.