You've lost count of the number of times you've stepped back and nearly trodden on a paw. However, recently things took a more serious turn.
You were unloading the shopping and carrying it into the kitchen. The dog was excited (he knew sausages were on the shopping list) and dancing around your ankles. Unfortunately, a combination of the shopping bags and a quick dog meant you couldn't see where he was the whole time.
You stepped forward and tripped over the dog. The shopping when flying and you ended up with some nasty bruises. Something needs to change. The thought of actually stepping on the dog and doing serious harm gives you chills.
If only you could send the dog to a safe place and be sure he'd stay there... Perhaps if you taught him to go to his bed and sit, that would do the trick.
As for the action itself, it is super simple in that all you require the dog to do is stay put in one place, which happens to be his bed. To achieve this you teach two actions which are then added together for the end result. These are the 'stay' command and going to the bed. Teach these separately and then add them together for maximum benefit.