As in all training this may take hours, days, or even weeks to have a solid "stay" command. Don't be discouraged if immediate results are not seen.
In order for our dog to succeed we need to teach him obedience with a positive response method.
Simply put, we reward the desired good behavior and do not reward the dog for mistakes.
The stay command allows us to control a dog to remain in a location until we release the “hold” of the command. This comes into play every day, and you’ll find yourself using the “stay” command often.
Once it becomes a reliable command, use it at the door to prevent bolting, before meals, greeting friends, grooming, ect... It also is a step toward the “off” or “leave it” command used to emphasis boundaries.
Now your dog has a reliable “stay”, it’s time to give the training a challenge. Sit in front of your dog and give the stay command, place a treat on the floor in front of you.
This is very enticing indeed so for success, keep the first time period a short one, a few seconds.
Pick up the treat and reward the dog for overcoming every fiber of his being if he didn’t make a move. :)
As before increase the duration of the challenge. Pat yourself on the back and reward the dog for this excellent accomplishment!
Take the “stay command” exercise outside and introduce distractions. A helpful tip is when you first increase the distance outside, remain facing your dog and hold the hand signal.
As before, a positive performance is rewarded on our return, and is a means to free the dog of the command.