Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement and one of the most "pawpular" methods for teaching obedience. This approach utilizes a training technique called positive association. When the clicker is used consistently alongside rewards, your dog will eventually associate the sound with a reward — in this case, a tasty treat. Technically, you don't need a clicker device for this process, but you may find using a handheld device is easier than using a verbal cue.
Clicker training is a method of labeling desired actions (such as "stay") with the click sound. Over time, your dog will associate the click with receiving a reward. In the case of "stay," you'll want to make sure the dog understands that they'll earn a reward if they don't move. Ideally, your dog should already know how to sit on command before you introduce the clicker to teach stay.
However, it's important not to throw too much information at your pal in one go, especially in the beginning. The first step is to get your dog to stay for just a few seconds. As you progress through your training, you can up the ante and add a bit of distance between you and your dog.
Teaching "stay" requires patience, repetition, and consistency. As always, several short training sessions a day are better than one long one. You can incorporate '"stay" training into everyday activities, like putting your pal's collar on for a walk or having them sit and stay before putting their food bowl down.
You need very little basic equipment to teach "stay" with a clicker. If you don't have a clicker device, you can use a retractable pen to make a clicking noise, or even make a clicking noise with your tongue. Verbal cues also work, although if your tone of voice and cues aren't consistent every time, it's best to use a device. Here's what you'll need to train your dog to stay with a clicker: