The very best reason to teach your dog to stay is to help keep him out of harms way, but there are other practical reason too!
Here are our top six reasons and situations for "stay"
- Safety at home - teach a sit/stay or down/stay at the front door. A good, reliable stay can help keep your pup from bolting out the door when the delivery man comes by.
- Safety on the road - if your dog rides in a crate or a car seat, teaching them to stay until you have them securely leashed will keep them safely under control as you exit the car.
- Posing for photos -- a reliable stay will allow you to take adorable photos of your dog in all sorts of settings!
- Pausing while on walks -- whether at a crosswalk or stopping to talk to a friend, a dog in a sit/stay will wait patiently until YOU say it's time to go.
- Training for performance sports -- a start-line stay is a crucial skill for any agility dog.
- Waiting for dinner -- I put Rocco in a down/stay before every meal. Not only does it keep him from jumping up but it also reinforces his stay every day.
Even after your dog has learned important commands like stay, you can't reinforce them too much! Here's a great video from Pet 360 where dog trainer Victoria Schade shows how to reinforce "stay" even when there are distractions.
When do you ask your dog to stay?
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