When you tell your dog to wait while you put his food bowl in from of him, he ignores you as if he’s deaf. When you tell him to heel when you’re out on walks, he marches on anyway. If you ask him to come off the furniture, he remains until you have to physically pick him up and remove him. You’re not sure where he’s got this sense of entitlement, but getting him to do anything is an uphill battle. He’s always been stubborn. You may have just seen signs of it when he was younger, but as he’s gotten older he’s become even more set in his ways.
Training him to ‘stay’ will give you the foundation to get him to start following your other commands too. You’ll be able to have him stay in his bed while you eat your family meals in peace.
Training your dog to ‘stay’ would normally be relatively straightforward, however, because he’s stubborn you’re going to have to work a little harder. That means firstly, you’re going to have to be extremely consistent throughout training. Secondly, you need to find something that will truly motivate him. If he’s like every other dog in the world, food is probably the way to his heart. A toy may also do the trick. If he’s a stubborn puppy you should succeed with training in less than a week. If he’s older and truly stubborn then you may need a couple of weeks of training.
Training him to ‘stay’ will mean you can get him to wait patiently when someone comes to the front door, or when you’re preparing his food. It will also come in handy if he’s in the back of the car and you need him to wait there while you get something out.
Before you can get to work you’ll need a few bits. Find his favorite food and then break it into small pieces. The more it smells the more it will drive him wild and the more eager he will be to work for it. You will also need a clicker for one of the methods.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training. All training can take place at home, but try and conduct it when the house is relatively quiet, if possible.
Once you have all of the above, you just need perseverance and an optimistic attitude and you’re ready to get to work!