You’ve just dropped food all over the floor--the kitchen is covered in last night's bolognese. As you’d expect, your dog is quick to start hoovering up the mess. You can just about get him to sit but you can’t get him to stay there while you clean up. The long stay also comes in handy if you want to sit down and eat your meal in peace, or perhaps you’re at the pub and you want to enjoy your cold beer without having to keep a constant eye on him.
Training your dog to hold a long stay can come in handy in a whole range of situations. Obedience training like this also makes teaching him other commands easier too. Not to mention, it will afford you peace and quiet when your favorite TV show is on.
The long stay is a trick not many dogs can perform but it’s one that is relatively easy to train. Training requires considerable patience from both you and your dog. You’ll use food to motivate and reward him throughout training, and most dogs will do pretty much anything for a mouthful of their favorite food. If he’s a puppy he should be a fast learner and keen to please. Training him may take just a few days. If he’s older, stubborn and not as receptive as he once was then you may need up to 10 days before you see the results you’re looking for.
This command will come in handy every day. It will be useful when you have guests or the mail man at the door, or when you just need some space.
Before you can set to work you’ll need to collect a few bits. The most important component will be food. Break his favorite food into small chunks--cheese is often a winner. Alternatively, get a generous supply of treats together.
A quiet room in the house to practice will be needed. You’ll only need it for 5-10 minutes each day, but try and fit that time in where there won’t be noisy children charging around the house.
All you need is those few basic things and a positive frame of mind and you can get to work!
How do I get her to preform a sequence of tricks with the long stay?
Hello Lorelei, First break up the long sequence of tricks into individual tricks or actions, then work on teaching her each trick or action as a separate trick, including the long "Stay". After she has learned all of the pieces, then begin to put them together. To put them together command her to do the first part of the trick and then reward her when she does it, then command her to do the second part of the trick and reward her when she does it, then command her to do the first trick and then the second trick, but only reward her after the second trick. Repeat this process with all parts of the sequential trick. Adding one more part of the trick at a time, as she improves. Giving her the command for each part of the trick, but then only rewarding her after the most recent step that have you added, so that she has to do more before receiving her reward. Praise her after each step though, so that she knows that she is doing the correct actions along the way. If you wish to give her only one command for the entire trick, then when she is a couple of steps into the multi-step trick, begin to tell her the command for the entire trick at the beginning of the trick, right before you tell her the command for the first part of the trick. Practice telling her the command for the trick along with the commands for each step along the way, until she starts to automatically run through the sequence of tricks without being told all of the individual commands, when you just give her the command for the entire trick at the beginning. She should start to eventually put all of the tricks together after you get to the point where all of the steps are included and after you have practiced a whole lot, because at that point she will be guessing what parts come next, and will likely try to do all of the steps in order to receiver her reward faster. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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