Teaching Your Dog To Stay
your dog to stay may be a convenience (yours), a command for "Alpha
Dog" training (you're the "Alpha"), or a command to keep your dog from getting hurt or into trouble. And, it's easy
to teach your dog to stay, especially if she walks with you on a loose leash and knows some of the basic
commands such as "sit" and "down".
your dog to stay, when you take your dog for a walk, stop frequently. Every time you stop, say "stay" and say
it in a commanding voice. You're not asking your dog to stay, your telling her to stay. Use your
leash to stop your dog if you have to. Remember, it's not a "heel" command. When your dog stops, she should remain
standing. And you must praise your dog when she stops. When you're ready to start walking again, give your
dog a release command such as "free" or any other release word you use. It is important that you praise your dog
every time she stops when you say "stay", even if you have to say it more than once or have to stop her with
the leash. You can also use the command "wait", but whichever word you use, always use the same
don't train dogs using treats, but if you have used treats in your past training, feel free to use them for this
training also, when your dog obeys the "stay" command.
know that your dog knows what "stay" means, start using it in other situations, such as telling
her to stay before she gets into your car, or before she's allowed to eat her dinner after her food bowl is put
down, or before she can go through an open door. Remember that whenever you give her a "stay" command,
always give her praise before you give her a release command.
training exercise is to stop walking, giver a "stay" command, and take a step or two away from
her. If she starts to follow you, give her another "stay" command in a more stern voice. When
you have confidence that she will stay still when you walk away from her, you can do the same exercise, but drop
the leash. The first time you do his, you should be in an enclosed area, unless your dog always responds to the
Obedience Trials, you're allowed to also use a hand signal for your dog to stay. The signal usually consists of
bringing your open hand down to, but not touching, your dog's nose with the palm of your hand facing your dog. You
can use both the verbal command and the hand signal at the same time. It's one of the few times, in Obedience
Trials that you can use two commands at once.
Once you can
trust her to stay when you drop the leash and step away from her, you can give her a stay command and drop the
leash while still walking. Since you should always be training your dog, do these and other training exercises at
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