Step 15: Let’s add duration

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Now we want to build some duration on the “Stay.” To begin, gradually build up your time IN VIEW of your dog. Be sure to avoid increasing the time incrementally. Instead, practice the following pattern (or use something similar).

NEVER use stay prior to leaving indefinitely – this will be a sure-fire way to break your stay behaviour and teach your dog to release themselves when they feel like it. 

Ask your dog to “Down” and “Stay,” and then: