How to Train Your Dog to Stay in 5 Steps
Dog training doesn’t have to be complicated.
In fact, the most simple commands are the best. Today we’ll show you how the simple stay command is one of the best to teach you’re dog.
Once your dog and you have mastered (or at least learned!) the sit command, the next thing you want to work on is “stay.”
It’s never too late to teach your dog this trick, so let’s show you how to train your dog to stay in just 5 easy steps.
Stay. . . Or As We Call it “Chill”
The stay command is one of the few important commands that you should actually take the time to teach your dog. It’s an important one just to get basic control of your dog in case you need it.
We always thought stay sounded a little stuffy, so we taught our dog to “chill.”
You can call it whatever you want. In case you forgot, your dog doesn’t speak English and won’t know the difference!
The awesome side effect of working on these commands is that you are building a relationship between you and your dog. You are also creating a dynamic that will be important in establishing yourself as the pack leader.
How to Train Your Dog to Stay in 5 Easy Steps
Sitting still for even a few seconds can be a challenge for some dogs. If you have one of those dogs, start small and stay patient.
Aim low at first.
In other words, you are going to be rewarding your dog when he sits still for even very short times.
It may not always seem like it, but dogs are very quick learners.
The catch is they don’t always learn the thing you are trying to teach you. If you give in too soon, they learn that they can get the treat anyway.
Remember, you need to have worked on “sit” first. If you haven’t, check out this post on how to teach your dog to sit.
With that in mind, here are the easy to follow steps to training your dog to stay:
1. Ask your dog to sit. Instead of giving him the treat right away, see how long he will hold the position. Wait a few seconds, then give him a treat and praise.
2. Repeat this, only each time try to stretch the amount of time between holding the position and the treat.
3. Once you feel you have this down, start adding the command “chill” and hold up your hand.
4. Put in more repetitions using the stay command and your hand. Keeping lengthening the time between the command and the treat.
5. Once you have that down, start skipping the treat occasionally and reward with just praise.
Eventually you will want to keep making it more and more challenging for your dog.
Start stretching the distance you are standing away. The key is to practice, but remember this is supposed to be enjoyable.
If you start yelling at your dog and getting frustrated, you probably won’t make much progress.
With a few treats and a little patience, you will be surprised how quickly even the most stubborn dog can learn. The key is to stay consistent and stay positive.
For more great everyday tips, check out our free training guide here. Keep it fun and remember all doggies are Good Doggies!
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