Steps to Training Your Dog to Stay: Gaining Distance
This exercise is incredibly easy:
1. Choose a quiet spot in your home that will allow you to walk a few steps away from your dog and where there are few to no distractions. Grab about 15 small treats.
2. Ask your dog to lie down on a mat, and stand facing him.
3. Show him your hand gesture for “stay” and immediately lean down and place a treat on the floor between your dog’s outstretched front legs, then stand straight again.
4. Repeat this until you’ve gone through all 15 treats.
That’s it. You’re done. It doesn’t seem like much, but you have already begun teaching your dog that lying on a mat and not moving is really kind of fun!