The “sit-stay” command is an essential command to train your puppy. Teaching your pup how to sit is a great way for your pet dog to learn requests and it can keep high-energy dogs under control.
Combining the command “stay” with “sit” you can help keep your dog to hold his position until you give the command to move.
How can you train your pet puppy to obey the sit and stay command? Here are 4 easy steps to do this.
How to train your puppy to sit and stay
Before we get to the specific steps of “sit and stay” it’s important to prepare well. To do this you will need to do the following:
- make sure your pup knows the sit command well
- be in a place with as few distractions as possible
- have tiny high-value treats for your pup
- a lesser-value doggy treat like his favorite squeaky toy
Steps to train your dog to sit and stay
Here are the 4 easy steps to train your dog to sit and stay.
- Command your puppy to sit.
- Once his tail is on the ground, say “stay” and give the first tidbit.
- Offer tidbit while saying “stay”. Do this for up to 10 seconds and then say “okay” to release him.
- At this moment, shower your pup with praise or give him the squeaky toy.
If your puppy breaks the 10-second stay, turn your back on him and don’t give any treats. This is a signal that he will only get treats for staying in position.
You have to keep at this with many practice sessions until your puppy realizes they can only get treats when they stay in position.
When your puppy masters the 10-second stay, the next time increase the time by 5 or 10 seconds. During these longer periods, you should give tidbit less frequently and also move further away a little each time.
Eventually, you should get to the point where you give doggy treats unexpectedly while they are in the stay position.
It will take time and perseverance, but these 4 easy principles can help your puppy learn the important obedience commands – Sit, stay.