A Puppy’s Sit and Stay Training
Your puppy needs to learn to “sit” and “stay” when asked in order to behave properly around other dogs. These instructions are useful for teaching good obedience in situations where your dog might be too hyper for the task at hand. In addition to asking you to open a door, give them a toy, or thank you for bringing them food, a youngster who can sit up may also do so later on. Additionally, putting their tails down helps calm hyperactive dogs.
Puppies quickly learn, however, how to game the system by briefly planting their bum and then bouncing back up like a ping-pong ball. Does your dog act appropriately at first, but when lured, bolt out the door? Using the “stay” and “sit” instructions together will tell your companion to keep its position until released.
Getting a Dog to Sit and Stay: A How-To
The amount of time the butt is in touch with the floor is increased only by ordering the dog to keep motionless and sit. The “sit-stay” command is required even in novice (beginners’ competitive level) obedience trials. To get points for this portion of the activity, a dog must stand motionless for one minute while other dogs do the same and you watch from across the room.
If you can persuade your dog that maintaining the “sit-stay” position for a longer period of time results in greater privileges, it will value exercise more. Your dog has already been taught to sit; all that is left to do is extend the time and reward him. Your dog probably already understands the “wait” command, which you can use to transition to the more exact “stay” order (don’t move at all). How? Read on.
1. Schedule your workouts in a space with the fewest distractions possible, such your living room. You can then add distractions when your dog has mastered the new command. Make sure it hasn’t recently eaten so that it isn’t hungry and is instead looking forward to rewards.
2. Cut pricey treats into fingertip-sized pieces. These should be rewards that your dog loves and only gets to consume during training. If the training goodies aren’t accessible, have a backup reward prepared, such as a squeaky toy. Instead of giving your dog treats or a reward, praise it. If you want your dog to be aware that good things are close by, they must pay attention in order to obtain rewards.
3. Tell the dog to “sit” using a forceful voice tone.
4. Tell it to “stay” and give it the first morsel once its tail touches the ground.
5. Give rewards one after the other as long as the animal remains in the “sit.” A reasonable first goal to guarantee success is a ten-second stay. Making this a “gotcha” losing game is not what you want; you want the puppy to triumph. Release the subject with a cue word like “okay!” or, if you’re training with a clicker, a “click” after ten seconds of “sit-stay.”
6. After giving your dog the all-clear, offer him a toy of lower value as a treat and show him how smart and cute he is by showing him your appreciation. This indicates that your dog should not be rewarded with truly WOW-treats for defying the “sit” command, but rather only when it is obeying the “stay.”
7. Puppies are not awarded treats if they disregard the “sit-stay” instruction before you have given the all-clear. You may turn your back and exclaim, “Whoops, you botched it!” to cancel out the prospect of a gift or reward for around 10 seconds. Your dog will rapidly figure out that by remaining in the “sit-stay” position, it receives additional yummy treats, and that by moving, the tasty treats are lost.
8. Puppies often pick up on the fundamentals quite quickly, but they’ll need repetition to really grasp how crucial practice is. Repeat the exercise while presenting unending sweets and repeating “sit-stay” for 10 seconds. Release with “OK” and enjoy your accomplishment.
9. Continue treating the patient while extending the stay by two to five seconds after repeating this exercise several times. Once the extended stay is over, the word of release and thanks should be spoken.
10. Begin holding off on giving your puppy treats until they can sustain the “sit-stay” for fifteen to twenty seconds at a period while being consistently rewarded. Aim for the puppy to hold the “sit-stay” position for two to four seconds in between treats.
11. Monitor your success rate. If you’re able to consistently “sit-stay” for at least 80% of the time, try lengthening the time between treats. When your puppy is once more stable, extend the time delay once more, and so on.
12. Eventually, work toward rewarding positive behavior less frequently but with unexpected benefits, such giving out several treats at once for a particularly long “sit-stay.” Even young puppies pick up on the idea that superior performance results in higher value rewards.
13. Puppies who have grasped the “sit-stay” concept simply need repetition, distractions, and an increase in the “stay” time. If your puppy has mastered the “sit-stay” in the living room, practice it in the yard or at Grandma’s. The delectable dinner ration may even turn into a mainstay of your mealtime repertoire as a significant benefit of a successful sit-stay.
14. It’s advisable to exercise and extend the “sit-stay” before adding distance from the puppy. Being close to the young dog while conducting these activities provides you better control, allowing you to step in quickly and administer consequences (turn your back/stop rewarding) if it blows it. The puppy should be able to maintain a solid “sit-stay” for at least a minute or more while you’re in touching range before you back off and practice at greater distances.
15. Finally, your dog should sit-stay when ordered when you ask from across the room, even if there isn’t a treat in sight. By progressively switching from treats every time to intermittent incentives, the puppy learns that rewards are always attainable and become more likely the longer it complies with your commands.