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Dog advice: teach your puppy to stay put

Help your puppy learn that when you say “Stay”, you mean stay!


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Stop right there

Teaching your puppy to stay in one place on command is one of the most useful skills it can learn. You will find it much easier to control your dog throughout its life if it masters the art of staying put, and it’s much easier to train a young pup than an adult dog.

Sit down





Before you begin teaching your puppy to stay, you will need to have taught it to sit. Start with your pup in a sitting position, then take a step backwards and say “Stay” before quickly stepping forwards again. It can help if you raise your palm up to your puppy as you give the command. If your pet didn’t move, reward it with a treat and some praise.


Away you go





Once you have done this a few times and your puppy is getting the hang of it, go back two steps and say “Stay”, again with the hand signal, then return to the dog as before. Reward your pet if it didn’t move. Then gradually increase the distance that you step backwards and the length of time that you ask them to stay. As your pup gets more confident, switch between sitting and lying down as well as varying the distance.

Keep it up





Practice in short bursts but do it frequently so your puppy gets used to the behaviour without getting tired. If your pet gets up and follows you, simply put it back into a sitting position and try again, perhaps reducing the distance a little. With plenty of practice, your pet will learn to keep still even if you leave the room. 

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