Dog Trainer Basil Theofanides teaches some young dogs how to sit and stay. His methodology includes owner awareness of the benefits of “stay", teaching a dog the “stay" command and regular practice of “stay" techniques learned.
G'day guys welcome to our training session today and it is a sit, stay we are going to teach our dogs. So lets start with a basic stay.
"So can I just ask you where could you use a stay in real life?"
"Great, crossing the road, great, so crossing the road is a great idea. What else?"
"If you're at your house opening the front door or someone has arrived."
"So tell your dog to stay. Have you used that before?"
"Okay, excellent. And Robyn?"
"We have stairs so we keep him to stay at the top so that someone goes down before him. Say 'stay' at the top of the stairs until someone goes down. "
"Great example Robyn. So these are all great ideas where you can use this exercise. The thing is it’s important that you don’t do too much too soon. I see a lot of people all the time saying ‘watch my dog, he’s very clever, he'll stay just check it out.’ They’ll say ‘stay’, they walk off and as they’re walking along back to the dog they turn around , ‘where’s my dog?’ It’s right at their feet and so the whole thing is you’ve got to start in baby steps. So we are going to start in baby steps and we've got to do it on leash.
There are many ways you can teach a dog to stay, this is called just simply guidance method. Lets give it a shot now as group. I’ve got my dog here today, I’m not sure what his name is but he’s very compliant. I think we will just call him Fido for this exercise. So I just want you to sit your dogs next to you on your left side and you simply say the command ‘stay’ but it's got to be given in a firm voice. So can I just get you guys to say it with me. 1, 2, 3 stay!”
"Excellent so its got to be nice and firm because that way the dog starts to pay attention. None of this 'stay, stay...stay!' So you just do a short step to your right don’t step on Brutas there. Keep your arm above the dog’s head because that way what you can do if he moves is pull up and say "uh-uh", correct him, go back, make him sit. Then you do one step to the rear. Just say 'stay' one quick step to the rear, return back, you pause maybe half a second, 'good boy', praise again in that happy voice, then you say 'stay' and this time you step in front of your dog and face the dog. If they get up, anticipate now return back, pause about half a second again and then release your dog with the command 'finish!" in a happy voice, that’s the release command. Can we all say that now?”
“Come on guys a bit more enthusiasm ‘finish’, go!
"Yes! I think top of the class was Gene! That’s the release command and then the dog knows that’s the end of the exercise and he can relax.”
“Alright Sydney you ready to go? Alright lets give it a shot. Alright now hang on - sausage dog?”
“She is a sausage dog.”
“Ha, sausage dog that’s a bit of an insult isn’t it? She’s a mini smooth coated dachshund? Okay fantastic so can we just have Bonnie up into a sit please. Can we have her in a sit please? Oh she is sitting! Oh sorry can't tell can you!”
“Okay so lets give it a shot now tell her to stay. One short step to your right, relax the tension slightly now return back and just praise with voice only. Don't tug on your leash; it’s like me coming up to you and going ‘good girl’! Just relax your leash, that’s it. Now just say ‘stay’ and face her just get her attention before you do though. Just a short step in front, return back, now pause a moment, exercise finished well done and praise. Good you didn’t tug the leash well done!
Alright well done guys that’s pretty good now look at that, simple isn’t it? it is a simple technique if you're consistent with it I guarantee you, you will have the results you want with your dogs that’s all it takes well done guys."
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