How To Train A Dog To Stay

How To Train A Dog To Stay

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

Teaching this trick will ensure that your dog learns to stay completely still when you ask him to stay despite what is going on around him.

  1. Have some treats handy and ask your dog to sit or lie down, these positions are better to teach the stay because the dog has to make a conscious effort to change position before moving.
  2. Take a pace away from your dog and back to him and reinforce his stay then offer a reward.
  3. Walk around your dog and return to him again to reinforce and reward.
  4. When your dog is still despite you moving around then make his position stronger by jumping, running and skipping around him. Always reinforce and reward his stay.

Top tip; if your dog won’t stay at all begin teaching this trick by putting his leash on the ground and having a helper stand on the end of it to prevent him moving.

Dog trainers love this trick because it offers control in busy situations.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.