SIT- STAY & DOWN- STAY
Dog stays in position until owner releases them.
Laying the foundation:
- Ask the dog to sit or lay down, and give him a treat (but no click/”yes”). Then immediately release him with the words “okay” as you take a step backward to encourage him to get up and move with you. This teaches your dog that he sits/lays down and needs to stay in that position until he is released with your verbal release cue. Fade out the backward step over time.
- Add duration. Return to the least distracting environment and begin to add duration. Your dog now needs to hold the sit/down for 1 second/Treat, 2 seconds/T, 3 seconds/T. Build up to 15 seconds. Then move to another environment and start again with a 1 second/T. Always release with your release cue “okay”/CT. Vary the duration, don’t always make it harder.
- Add distance. Here your dog must maintain his sit/down as you take a step away from him and back towards him. Cue your dog to sit or down, lean away from him and Treat. Next time, take 1 step away from and 1 step back towards him and treat. Gradually, increase the distance a step at a time. Always release with your release cue “okay”/CT. Vary the distance, don’t always make it harder.
• When teaching duration or distance, if your dog breaks the sit/down, you have increased the time/distance too rapidly or the environment is too distracting. Go back to a shorter time or fewer number of steps.
• Vary the duration or distance so it is not always more difficult with each repetition. Sometimes you will ask for 5 seconds, other times you will release immediately.
• With each repetition, reward your dog with a treat while he is in the sit/down position (but do not click), then release his sit/down with your “okay” cue, then CT.