Train dogs to “stay”
Training your dog to “stay” is one of the hardest basic commands to teach, this is also one of the most useful.
How to teach “Stay”
“Stay” is probably the most difficult exercise to teach, because puppies just hate being still! However, with short, frequent practise sessions, this exercise can be mastered and is useful in a number of situations, such as when your dog is about to dive out of the car before you put his lead on.
1. Start with the ‘down-stay’. Ask your dog to go “Down”.
2. Say “Stay” in a steady tone of voice and put your hand out in front of you with your palm facing forwards.
3. Wait a few seconds, then press your clicker and reward your dog for staying put. Practise this several times.
4. Next, ask him to go “Down” again, then take a step back and say “Stay”.
5. After about three seconds, click, step forwards and reward him. Praise him for being really clever.
6. Gradually increase the length and the distance of the ‘stay’. But don’t try to do too much too soon.
7. If your dog breaks the ‘stay’, don’t shout at him. Simply not clicking or rewarding is lesson enough. Getting cross is counterproductive.
How to Teach A Dog to Roll Over
Roll over is a cute trick that is easy and fun to teach your dog. It is helpful if your dog knows the “down” command before you start teaching this trick.
1. Ask your dog to perform a “down” position in front of you.
2. Kneel beside your dog and hold a small, yummy treat to the side of his head near his nose.
3. Move your hand from his nose toward his shoulder luring him to roll flat on his side.
4. Try this a few times and praise and treat each time he follows the treat and lies flat on his side with his head on the floor.
5. Now continue the movement of your hand, holding a treat, once he is lying flat, from his shoulder to his backbone. This should cause him to roll onto his back.
6. Continue the moving the treat hand so he rolls onto the other side.
7. When he is consistently following the treat all the way around in a “roll over,” add the verbal cue “Roll Over.”
8. Gradually reduce the hand motion and treat lure, until your dog can perform the trick on just a verbal cue.
9. Remember to still praise and reward his hard work!