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Follow us @dogloverclubig - 😩 Having trouble teaching your dog how to “stay”?
🙃 Here is the most common mistake I see dog owners make when trying to teach this command:
⭐️ When first teaching a dog how to ‘stay’, as soon as you take that first step or two away from them, it’s natural that the dog breaks the “stay” & comes back towards you as they have no idea what you’re trying to do.
❌ Instead of resetting, making the dog go back & sit and starting over from the beginning, I see a lot of people try to salvage the “stay” by quickly making their dog stop after they came towards them and then moving on with the exercise.
🐾 The problem is, this teaches your dog that the command “stay” means they should wait for a little bit but then move forward towards you when they lose self-control.... which is obviously not what we want here!
💙 Here’s what I recommend doing instead to properly teach your dog how to “stay” with distractions:
🗣 Only say “stay” once! Just like I say with every command, you should only say a command once. This might seem especially hard with the “stay” command because you might feel the need to remind your dog not to move. Say it just once to have your dog take you seriously and listen the first time! Plus, holding up the hand gesture of an open palm is signaling to your dog “stay, stay, stay..”.
✅ Take one step backwards and then go back to your pup, tell him “YES”’and reward him. If your pup achieves the number of steps, increase the number the next time. If your pup does not achieve the stay, completely reset & DECREASE the number of steps.
⏸ When you lose your dog’s attention, pause & bring their attention back to you so that they learn that ‘stay’ doesn’t mean stay where they are & ignore you if they want, but to stay & remained focus YOU.
👐 You can bring their attention back with hand motions, noises, or calling their name. Remember, don’t repeat the command!
🔕 When your dog learns to keep their focus on you, they learn to ignore all other noises and distractions, which will also teaches them self-control.
🤗 Only continue to increase the distance of the “stay” when your dog remains stationary & fo