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This is Darwin, and we’re going to teach Darwin how to stay. All right, now teaching stay is an impulse control exercise for a dog, and impulse control to a puppy is not necessarily in his wheelhouse just yet, but we’re going to teach him.
So first things first, Darwin already knows how to sit, so I’m going to ask him to sit. He’s automatically going into a lie down, because the floor is a little slippery, and he’s a little fuzzy, so we’ll take that also. I’m going to ask him to stay with a hand command like a stop sign. Darwin, stay. And I’m going to reward him right there. So just a few seconds of me standing right in front asking him to stay, we need to first explain to him stay means don’t do anything, which is a little weird, doesn’t necessarily make sense to a dog right away. So teaching him that stay means do nothing, let’s see if he can sit. Can you sit? Sit, oh, good boy. Stay, good boy. Yes, okay, so I’m telling him he’s a good boy while he’s doing it, and I’m staying really calm.
When you’re teaching a dog something like come you want to be super enthusiastic, when you’re teaching a dog to stay, it’s okay to be a little bit mellow. Come, sit, yes, stay, good boy. So now I may take a step or two back, stay, good boy, yes. So I’ll try it again, a little more distance, Darwin, stay, good boy, yes, all right. So over time you add distance, and you add time, and you add distraction, okay? So if you’re asking your dog to do a sixth day in a dog park, you can forget it. However, if you’re asking him in the kitchen, he’s going to have a pretty easy time of it, okay? So that’s a quick wrap up of how you teach your dog to stay.