Puppies are curious creatures who are excited to learn about the world around them. As much fun as it is to watch your puppy discover new things, there are situations where staying put is much more important. If your puppy is in a full sprint towards the street, you want one command which can stop them in their tracks. You also need a way to encourage your new pup to stay in one place and keep them out from underfoot. 'Stay' is a powerful tool for teaching your puppy good manners and keeping him safe.
For many puppies, 'stay' is a little harder than 'sit' or other basic commands. Their instinct is to follow you wherever you go. You’re their person after all. However, teaching him to stay is another important building block for training a polite puppy. With this command, it is important to build the skill slowly. You are trying to get to the point where your puppy will honor the 'stay' even in distracting, chaotic situations, so don’t push too hard too fast. Be patient and train your puppy in short sessions over several weeks.
For this command, gather some high-value treats that your puppy only gets during training. Depending on the method you choose, you will also need one of your puppy’s favorite toys, a collar, and a leash. In the beginning, you should train in a quiet, distraction-free area. However, as your puppy gains confidence in the command, you will need to “proof” their staying ability in more dynamic atmospheres.