A little more difficult than the Sit and Lie Down Commands is the “Stay” command. In order to start working with your dog on the ‘Stay’ command, it is important to choose the appropriate time during the day. It is important to know your own dog and to recognise when he displays a relaxed or mellow temperament. When your dog is excited or excessively playful, you do not want to begin this training. As with the previous training commands, when teaching the “Stay” command, it is helpful to use a treat. Give your dog the sit or lie down command in order to start this training. Say “Stay” once he is sitting or lying down and hold up your hand as if you were prompting someone to stop. “Give him a treat and say “Good Boy” and pet him if the dog does not move for 4 or 5 seconds. Just give him praise if he stays there for four or five seconds. Try it again if he does not obey your command. Once he gets the concept, before you give him praise, increase the amount of time he needs to “Stay” In order to encourage him to stay, you may have to repeat the “Stay” command a few times and put your hand in a stop position. Give him the “Stay” command as he begins to understand and slowly back away a couple of feet, gradually increasing the distance until he masters the “Stay” command. Remember, when training your dog, it is important to be patient with him. If training today is not successful, just try again on a different day. There is always a reward for patience and persistence. If you would like to learn more about this, please check out Spectrum Canine Dog Training.
Whether you already have dog ownership experience, are a new dog owner or are about to become a dog owner, one of the most important aspects that you need to consider is training your dog. Similarly, if you have a dog with behaviour issues at the moment, then dog training is essential.