Stay is a dog training command you may find more useful than some others. If your dog is bad about bolting out open doors, following you where it shouldn’t go, or gets in right in the way while you are trying to do something that needs your full attention, then stay could help you keep your dog in check and out of trouble.
Stay is a simple command, but sometimes people have trouble teaching their dogs, especially puppies and hyperactive dogs, stay as it requires conditioning them to allow more and more distance between you and them.
Before you teach your dog stay it is important that you have already taught them sit or down, or stay will be much more difficult to teach.
Whatever position you choose to have your dog stay in won’t affect the effectiveness of the stay command, but is more about what would be more comfortable for the dog.
When teaching your dog to stay be sure to set time out each day in order to work with your dog. The process takes time, and at times will be difficult. Below are a list of steps that will can help you with training your dog how to stay.
As you get further in to training your dog, and they begin staying regular with you at some distance from then you can begin telling them to stay with your back turned.
Later, you can even tell them to stay and walk to another room.
No matter what you do, if your dog starts having trouble following the command, or has difficulty with a new added step, go back to what they had previously been doing, and continue with that step for a bit longer.
No matter what happens with you and your dog, don’t yell at them excessively or get inordinately upset with them, as this can harm the owner/pet relationship and further discourage your dog, as the most important thing to them is to please you.