How To Teach A Dog To Stay
A trained dog is not essentially a well-behaved dog. However, even if s/he is not so well-behaved, but knows certain basic commands, that can be of help while dealing with problematic behaviors, whether current or future. So, where to start with dog training?
Some dog parents even join a class; but it’s not always required as you can learn it yourself. Actually, if you have the correct attitude, you and your dog can enjoy the training! You will find the commands helpful while learning things like how to crate train a dog. Here are some essential commands you should teach your dog.
If you want to make the training session fun, you should start with the easiest command, and ‘sit’ is one of the easiest commands you can teach your dog. Here are some steps to make it a success.
- Take a treat towards your dog and hold it near her/his nose.
- Now raise your hand so that her/his head should come up following the treat and bottom should lower.
- After s/he comes to the sitting position, give the command “Sit”; now, give the treat to her/him and be affectionate.
Do these actions a few times a day till your dog masters the command.
“Come” is a very useful command and one of the best tips for training a puppy, because it can protect and save you and your dog in troublesome situations, like losing grip over the leash or leaving the front door mistakenly open. It brings your dog back to you safe and sound.
- Hold the leash and collar over your dog.
- Slowly lower down to her/his level and utter, “Come” and then put on the leash gently.
- Of course, a treat and a lot of affection should be given when s/he comes near you.
After s/he has mastered the command with the leash, take it out and practice it in an enclosed, safe space.
“Down” can be a bit harder command than training a dog to sit or come. The reason is that you will be asking her/him to take a submissive posture. Remember to keep the training relaxed, in particular if your dog is anxious and fearful.
- Use a treat that should smell particularly nice; hold it inside your closed fist.
- Now hold your fist up to your dog’s nose. When s/he could sniff it, lower your fist towards the floor as s/he follows.
- Now slide your fist along the floor before her/him to let her/his body follow her/his head.
- As s/he takes up the lowered posture, say “Down”; now, give her/him the treat and show affection.
Do these actions a few times every day while training your new puppy. S/he may try to lunge towards your hand or sit up.
In that case, say “No” while taking your hand away. You should not push her/him for the down position, but should encourage at every step at every right position. Remember that s/he is not disobeying you but trying hard to figure out what you say!
The “Stay” command should be taught only after your dog masters the “Sit” command. Here are the steps on how to teach a dog to stay:
- Start with asking your dog to “Sit”.
- Open your palm in front of you and utter, “Stay”.
- Now take some steps back. If s/he stays, reward with a treat and love.
- Increase the number of steps gradually before rewarding.
- Reward your dog always for staying put, even though it’s only for a few seconds.
Don’t be disappointed if it takes a bit longer to master because it’s an exercise for your pup in self-control.
5. Leave It
“Leave it” command is also useful to keep your dog safe if s/he may fall in a difficult situation because of extra curiosity like smelling something on the ground that may be dangerous. This can be achieved by making her/him realize that s/he can get something better for leaving that item.
- Hold a treat in your both hands.
- Show the treat enclosed in one fist to the dog and say, “Leave it”.
- Ignore if s/he sniffs, licks, paws and barks for getting it.
- After s/he stops trying, give the treat from the other hand.
- Repeat till your pup moves away from your first fist when you utter, “Leave it”.
- Further, give her/him the treat only when s/he moves away from the first fist and looks up at you too.
These commands will make your job easy while crate training or leash training a puppy. Learn them and make yours and your dog’s life safe and fun.