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!