Teaching Dog to STAY – Training Tip #3

Teaching Dog to Stay
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Teaching your Dog to “STAY” is a trick to teach your dog once they learn the “SIT” command and “LAY DOWN” command. As with these other commands, there are a variety of different methods to teach it. At Athenas Pets, we try to give you the easiest tips that get the best results.

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Teaching dog to STAY – Athenas Pets Dog Clicker Method:

This is a great trick to teach your dog if they are constantly jumping on guests or running outside without permission. Your dog should already know “SIT” and “DOWN” for the best results.

This trick will take a little time, but almost every dog owner says this is an essential trick that is well worth the wait! Your dog should be familiar with “STAY” in order to move on to the “LEAVE IT” trick. To get started, grab your Athenas Pets Dog Clicker and some treats.


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By now your dog should be accustomed to getting treated every time the dog clicker gets clicked. Additionally, they should be comfortable with the verbal commands “SIT” and “DOWN”. To start out, you are going to want to use the command of your choosing depending on whether you want your dog to sit or lay down during the “STAY”.

DO NOT PRAISE or REWARD them for getting into this position. You want them to know there is more to be done before they can get your PRAISE or REWARD. Once your dog is in position, raise a palm facing them as if you were a traffic officer telling traffic to stop. While you do this, say the command, “STAY”.

Stay close to your dog during this time and PRAISE your dog as they are sitting or lying if they continue to hold their position. After about 2-3 seconds, click the dog clicker and PRAISE and REWARD your pup. You can also combine the clicker with another verbal command such as, “COME” or “OKAY”.

The Next Progression:

The next progression is to gradually increase the amount of time they are staying. After you give the command, “STAY”, wait 5 seconds, then after many successes at 5 seconds, go all the way to 10 seconds. You can do this until you feel comfortable that your dog will stay until you click the clicker and give your verbal “COME” or “OKAY”.

Teaching dog to STAY – Next Steps:

Remember to continually PRAISE your dog during the 5-10 seconds that they are staying put. Then PRAISE and REWARD them when they have successfully completed the trick. If your dog leaves the stay early, DO NOT REWARD them, ONLY PRAISE them and start again.

Once you have gotten your dog to stay for a period of time that you are comfortable with, you can start slowly walking away after you have given the “STAY” command. Start out with only 2 or 3 feet at a time. You can then slowly increase the distance another 2-3 feet each time you feel that your dog has gotten the hang of it.

Remember to PRAISE your dog continuously as you back away from them if they are holding their stay position. Then PRAISE and REWARD them when they have successfully completed the trick. If your dog leaves the stay early, DO NOT REWARD them, ONLY PRAISE them and start again.

You can repeat this step until you have backed up as far as you would like. The distance is purely up to you and depends on the level of obedience you expect from your dog. Either way, if you’ve made it this far, your dog is probably staying like a pro!

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At this time, the Athenas Pets Dog Whistle and Clicker are available in a kit which includes: (1) Silent Dog Whistle; (1) Dog Clicker and (1) Downloadable Training Manual. This kit is available in the US and in-stock to BUY NOW.

The Dog Whistle needs to be “tuned” to your dog. It’s a simple process, covered in the eBook from above or for a quick explanation see this article: Silent Dog Whistles – Do They Really Work?

Best of luck to you and your dog.  At Athenas Pets, we’re always thinking of ways to make the human and pet experience better.  We offer a number of training and fun products in this regard.

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Steve Larrivee

Steve Larrivee

As a dog lover since his youth, Steve Co-Founded Athenas Pets with his son Kevin to promote dog training to the masses. Athenas Pets, focuses on training products and providing the "know-how" so the average dog owner can train their dog like a pro.

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