Step 1: Teach your dog what “stay” means

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Let’s start by building a little bit of duration so your dog understands what you want from them.

Picture your dog as a Microsoft Word document. They are likely to “crash” (move out of their “down-stay” position) so you need to hit “save” (by feeding a treat) frequently until they figure out that they can auto-save. 🙂 

Step 1: Stand in front of your dog and ask them to lie down. Remain still, After they lie down say “stay”, show your dog a “stop sign” hand signal, and count to 1-Mississippi. If they’re still lying down, click or say “YES!” Reward from your treat pouch or from behind your back in that “down” position. Repeat this 3x while your dog maintains that same down position. So it will look like 1-Mississippi, click, feed, 1-Mississippi, click, feed, 1-Mississippi, click, and feed. Then you will give your release cue and let your dog move away for 10 seconds or so. When you’re ready to do the next step, cue your dog into a down again and begin Step 2.