Step 17: Build “out of sight” duration

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Now we want to build some “out of sight” duration on the “Stay.” Gradually build up your time OUT OF VIEW of your dog. Be sure to avoid increasing the time incrementally. Instead, practice the following pattern (or use something similar).

We don’t recommend asking a dog to stay in a position while the handler is out of sight for longer than 2 minutes. This is standard. Trial obedience, some evaluations for Therapy work, and Canine Good Neighbour certificates require a 2 minute “out of sight” stay. Regular pet dogs do not necessarily need this. 

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