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Teach Any Dog A Reliable Stay: Step Two

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How to walk away from your dog while commanding “stay”.

Once your dog can keep a stay for about 30 seconds. You can start moving. Begin by lowering your hand. Once your dog understands that he is expected to stay while your hands move, add taking a step. Slowly increase how many steps you can take from your dog. You eventually want to be able to leave the room while your dog is in a stay.

Add things to the stay at the pace that is comfortable to your dog. You might not be able to go from a 30 second stay to you leaving the room in one day. You want to spread the steps and adding distractions to stay over several days. This way you won’t overwhelm your dog.

As always, make sure that your dog breaks a stay only when you tell her to. Use your release command.