How To Train A Dog Stay

How To Train A Dog Stay


The stay command is a crucial behavior to teach your dog, as many other commands and tricks require your pup to be able to “stay” still before performing them. This can take some time, but with patience and persistence you can train your dog to stay on command.

Use a phrase like “stay.”

  • Use a phrase like “stay.”
  • Make sure your dog is looking at you.
  • Use a phrase that is easy to say and understand.

Find a quiet place.

Once you have your dog’s attention, it’s time to start teaching the stay command. To begin with, find a quiet place where your dog feels comfortable and safe. This could be in your backyard or in their crate. The most important thing is that the location has no distractions and that it is not too small or large for them to feel comfortable. If there are other animals around, it should be somewhere that they cannot reach each other.

In this quiet area, place something tasty on the ground (like a treat), then say “STAY” as you point at this item of interest on the floor near them. Once they stay put for twenty seconds without moving closer towards what you have placed down as an attraction, give them their treat!

Start with easy commands.

  • Choose a quiet, safe place to train your dog where there are no distractions.
  • Train for short bursts of time at first, perhaps just 5 minutes or so at a time and build up the time spent together in increments as the dog learns the command you are working on.
  • Start with easy commands like “sit” or “down” and reward your dog with something they love like their favorite treat each time they do what you ask of him/her during training sessions.

Reward your dog for good behavior.

Once your dog has mastered the stay command, it’s time to reward him for good behavior. The best rewards are those that are given immediately after a successful stay command. You can reward your dog with treats, praise or petting. For example, you might say “good job” and give your dog a treat right away as he is still in his spot on the floor. Or maybe he gets up from his position when you say “free” but then immediately goes back down into position when you call out again “stay.” If this happens, then you would want to reward him by giving him a treat so that he learns what behavior will earn him something good!

Reward-based training is important for many reasons: one being that it makes teaching new behaviors easier because dogs learn what their owners want better when they get positive reinforcement for doing so; two being that rewarding good behavior helps develop a positive attitude towards training (as opposed to punishment); three being that rewarding good behavior helps dogs feel good about themselves; fourthly, if done correctly (and consistently), reward-based training will help build trust between handler and animal so both parties feel more comfortable working together throughout various situations

Keep training sessions brief.

When it comes to training your dog, the best thing you can do is keep the sessions short. Training sessions should not be longer than 10 minutes, and if your dog starts to get bored or tired, take a break. If you find yourself getting frustrated during training sessions, take a break! It’s better for both of you in the long run if you’re able to work through difficult moments with patience and kindness rather than frustration.

With enough repetition, your dog can learn to stay on command!

With enough repetition, your dog can learn to stay on command!

Dog training is a process. It takes time and commitment to train any animal, and it’s not something that will happen overnight. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results—or any results at all—the first few times you try this exercise with your pet. With practice and patience, they will eventually get the hang of staying put until you give the signal that it’s OK for them to move again.


We’ve covered some of the steps you can take to get your dog to stay on command. The most important thing is that you’re patient, consistent, and practice in small amounts so it doesn’t overwhelm him. When training your pup for this skill, don’t forget about all the other habits we discussed earlier! Keep them healthy by feeding them nutritious food and plenty of exercise through walks or games like fetch. Make sure they have enough fun time with people too!

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