The Importance of the “Stay” Command for Dogs (And Their Owners)

Since the [i4w_db__DogBreed] is a relatively easy dog to train (assuming that you’ve used the reward-based training method from your copy of [i4w_db__DogBreed]s Made Easy), you likely found that the initial obedience commands such as “sit”, “down”, and “come” weren’t terribly difficult to master. With a bit of patience and consistency, the [i4w_db__DogBreed] is eager to please and generally likes the stimulation of learning something new.

Therefore, with such a good understanding of training the dog and with a foundation of the basic training process behind you, you are ready to take on the “Stay” command with [i4w_ud_DogName]. Why? Because it allows you to have just that much more control over your pet, whether or not it happens to be on a leash at the time. More importantly, you can keep [i4w_ud_DogName] out of trouble (which, as you’ve likely discovered by now, is a situation that is very common to this breed) as well as out of danger.

Most experts will agree that by failing to teach the “stay” command, owners are actually making a big mistake. They are missing out on a very important element of training as the command will be needed far more than expected. There is a great deal that can be accomplished when an owner is able to tell the dog to remain where it is when no physical control is possible.

Though “stay” can be a rather tricky command to teach, as long as it is taught properly, it actually doesn’t usually take very long for [i4w_db__DogBreed]s to catch on. The trick is to teach it right, do it consistently – and avoid the biggest common mistake…

Take this scenario… the owner tells the dog to stay and walks a few feet away, turning to face the dog once more. The dog remains in place the entire time, good as gold. Then, the owner calls the dog to him or her and praises the dog, giving it a treat as a reward. So, what did the dog learn? He certainly didn’t learn to stay; he learned that when he breaks the stay and runs over to the owner, he is rewarded. Big mistake.

So how is this mistake avoided? Well, one extra step must be added to the training process. Instead of calling your dog to release it from the stay, you must return to your dog and then give the praise and reward. This way, your dog learns that it is the remaining in place that is rewarded.

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