Your Golden Retriever puppy had you hook, line and sinker the moment you brought him into your home. The ball of golden fur rolls around the floor, interested in everyone and as confident as they come. You’ve recently managed to potty train him so your floors are finally staying clean. However, now you want to step up his training and teach him some basic obedience commands. One in particular that can prove useful is ‘stay’. This is perfect for keeping him at bay when you want space at the dinner table.
Training him to stay can also come in handy when you need him to stay put when you’re having shopping delivered or somebody is at the front door. As an added bonus, training of this type will lay the foundations for other commands too.
Golden Retriever puppies are intelligent and fast learners. So, teaching him to stay should be relatively straightforward. The hardest part will be showing him what it is you want him to do to begin with. However, a tasty treat or a favorite toy can help him get the message. Training will then consist of reinforcing the behavior.
If he’s a particularly receptive Golden Retriever puppy, he should respond to training in a matter of days. However, if he’s more interested in chewing your carpet or rolling around in puddles, then you may need a little while longer. It could be a week or two before you see consistent results. If you can get this training right, however, you will be able to put the brakes on him whenever you are in a challenging situation, such as when you are by busy roads.
Before you get to work, you will need to gather a few things. Stock up on mouth-watering treats. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small pieces. For one of the methods, you will also need a clicker and a much-loved toy.
Set aside just 10 minutes each day for training. The more frequently you train, the sooner you are likely to see results. Practice in a relatively quiet area, away from distractions.
Once you have all the above, just bring patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!