Okay, so now you have gone through all of these different levels of teaching your dog to want to say.
You have taught him that stay is valuable to him by not losing the plot and yelling at him when he blows it. You have learnt to simply and patiently put him back and do things easier and smaller until his brain can figure out the new exercise.
You have taught him that stay means “you will be right back” by working in baby steps and coming right back to feed him.
You have taught him that impulse control is s good thing…by “incrementally” introducing movement. ( I have never written the word incrementally before, ha.)
And now you will teach him that stay means stay ….in ALL environments.
You are ready now to practice a basic stay at the mall, in the pet store, in a vet office, at your friends houses, and at the parks.
Remember to remind your dogs what this stay word is all about by starting with some basic stay work on the end of his leash before leaping into stay work in a busy environment.
Always, always set your dog up for success. Take a big deep breath , survey the environment for level of distraction and ask yourself if it is too much for the dog.
You are still training the dog for the first year so don’t just expect him to get this. It’s your job to set him up for success, not his. Yours.
On that note, you are still refraining from asking your dog to come to you from a stay. You are teaching stay not come. They are completely separate and should be taught separately so as to not confuse the dog and frustrate yourself!!
Now get out there, never, ever stop practicing as your dog will never quite believe that you are serious when you ask him to stay as he has so much to sniff and search out on his walks. If you listen really, really close you will literally be able to hear them ask you if you are serious!
Oh and remember to have a release word to tell the dog you are finished with him, mine range from “BREAK’ to “GET LOST” and always involve some flailing of my hands or arms.
Number one rule to teaching stay is …..be in the mood for it or all hell can break loose…trust me…I myself was recently caught on Gods camera yelling under my breath at all 5 of my dogs and having to breathe it out before starting all over again..
Human is hard…perhaps I should train one at a time next time….probably won’t happen…hahahaha.