How to Teach Your Dog to Stay

How to Teach Your Dog to Stay

If you've just welcomed a new puppy or dog into your family, you're probably thinking about basic obedience training. One of the most useful commands you can teach your furry friend is "Stay." Here's your comprehensive guide to master this essential skill.

Step 1: The Preparation Phase

Assemble Your Tools

To get started, you'll need:

  • PupSensei Magnetic Treat Pouch: Fill it with tasty, bite-sized treats that your dog loves.
  • PupSensei Training Clicker: For marking the exact moment when your dog executes the stay correctly.
  • PupSensei 30ft Leash: For advanced training, especially as you add distance to the "Stay" command.

Step 2: Introducing the Stay Command

You will initiate the "Stay" command only when your dog is calm and attentive.

Hand Signal: Show your open palm to your dog and say "Stay."

Instant Reward: If your dog remains in position, even for a second, click with your PupSensei Training Clicker and reward them immediately.

Step 3: Adding Duration to the Stay

Start Small: Begin with short intervals, like 2-3 seconds of "Stay" before you click and reward.

Extend Time: Gradually increase the duration of the "Stay," rewarding at each increment.

Step 4: Incorporating Distractions and Distance

Add Distractions: Introduce mild distractions like a toy or another person walking by. If your dog maintains the "Stay," click and treat.

Create Distance: Using your PupSensei 30ft leash, you will gradually move away from your dog while they're in the "Stay" position. Reward them for maintaining their position as you add more distance.

Step 5: Taking the Stay Command to Different Environments

Change Locations: Practice the "Stay" command in various settings—from the living room to the park—to reinforce the command in your dog's memory.

Final Thoughts

Training your dog to "Stay" isn't just about obedience; it's also crucial for their safety and well-being. The key ingredients are patience, consistency, and the right training tools. With your PupSensei gear and this step-by-step guide, you'll soon have a well-trained dog who not only follows the "Stay" command but also enjoys the learning process.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your PupSensei toolkit and let the training begin!

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