Whether you’re signing for your grocery delivery or trying to keep her away from people during a stroll in the park, training your dog to stay is useful and important. The three main aspects of this command are distractions, time and space. Teach them separately for maximum effect.
Fido is surrounded by distractions like squirrels, the doorbell and alarms. It’s important that he keep his focus even when he encounters them. Start with a tap of the foot during “Sit,” and progress to swinging your arms and legs, which adds a visual distraction. When you’re confident your dog is concentrating, try more stimulating everyday noises.
Increase the length of time your dog holds a sit. Start with the command, then increase the time between her bottom touching the floor and when you reward her with a treat.
The third and final puzzle piece is space. Save this for last, because it includes “distraction” in the form of you walking away and the “time” it takes you to do so. Take a few steps, reward him, change direction and finish off by removing yourself from his field of vision.
“Stay” is a great command for dogs who like to greet everybody and shouldn’t. Remember, you want her to treat “Stay” like she’s cemented to the spot. She should only break this command upon your return.