Teaching Your Dog To Stay

By Michael Albee

Teaching Your Dog To Stay

“One Of The 6 Basic Commands Every Dog Must Know”

To Teach Your Dog to Stay is reasonably easy. However your patience will be required to see the training through. It should only take a few sessions for your dog to understand the concept of “Stay”. But because your dog will be asked to hold it from a fairly long distance, it may take quite a bit of work to get the desired result.

Every dog must know The “Stay” command. The “Stay” command tells your dog not to move from that location until you tell it that it is OK to do so. “Stay” can be used in conjunction with other commands. These commands are “sit” or “down.”

 It should be taught to your dog ONLY after it knows the “SIT”, “OK” and “Down” commands. 


How to Teach You Dog To Stay on Command

Make sure that your dog understands a “release” command before you try io teach your dog the “stay” command. This will insure that your dog knows when it is OK to move from the “stay” position.

Here Is How You Teach Your Dog to STAY.

Begin by having your dog sit or lie down in front of you.

Next, put your hand out in front of you (open palm facing the dog). Your hand should be about 6 inches away from it’s nose.

Next, give the command “Stay.” Repeat the word “Stay” and wait a few seconds. When your dog stays, reward with praise like “Good – Say.” In addition you can also reward your dog with a treat. Give the “release” command immediately after you give the treat and give verbal praise “Good Dog” again. Repeat the training 5-10 times.

Lengthen the amount of time the dog remains in the “Stay” position gradually. At the same time you should also move farther and farther away from the dog slowly as the time increases. Don’t be in a big hurry to move away. It is much more important that the dog knows that it needs to stay.

If your dog continues break out of the “Stay” while training, reset him and start over at the last point he stayed for you. (Example: He will stay for 1 minute, but gets up at 1:30).

Your “proofing” goal is to be able to get 25-50 feet away from your dog while it stays in place for an indefinate amount of time. This will probably take some time. Consequently, you need to remember to be patient.  Don’t forget the praise either. 

When trained correctly, the execution of the “STAY” command is a true measure of a well trained, well-mannered, and respectful dog.


Keep your training sessions short. Your training sessions should be kept under 10 minutes in length. Finish each session with your dog correctly doing a behaivor.

Always do something that your dog likes to do when the session ends. Playing with the dog’s favorite toy or going for a walk will keep your dog interested in training. Because there is a “fun time” following the training, it will make the dog more willing to train well.


There are several variations of this training that will get the same results. If you need help teaching you dog to “STAY” you can contact us and we can give personal instruction. Contact Us.

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