Are you struggling with your dog’s place stay? Have you tried to get them to understand how important it is for them to stay put but you just can’t seem to get them to stay? Well, no need to worry. I’ve got your back.
If you haven’t yet started training your dog’s place stay, you will want to do that first. If you are beyond that but looking to improve it here are 5 things you should consider that can and will help help you improve this important skill.
What is the purpose of the place Stay?
The purpose of the place stay is to teach your dog to be calm on command. Yes, dogs do become calm on their own but it never seems to be when we are having company over, when we are eating dinner, or when there is anything remotely exciting happening in our front yards. When we understand the purpose of this skill, it can really help us use it to grow our relationship with our dogs.
How should you end your place training session?
This is a pretty simple question to answer. It is the free command. if you don’t know how to teach this command, please check out the video to see exactly how I do it. Having a release command for your dog is a good way to end almost any drill.
When should you end your place training session?
When I think about the skill, I look back at what is the purpose of the place stay. The purpose of the place stay is to teach a dog to become calm on command. So you should end your place training session when your dog is calm on their place One useful way I go about doing this is by measuring the dogs’ excitement on a scale of 1 to 10. So if 10 is a dog’s most excited state and one is the dog’s calmest state, then I will release the dog when they are at a 4. If when you release your dog they immediately come off and start jumping all over everybody then that dog is not at a four.
If your dog puts themselves on the bed, should you reward your dog?
The answer to this is a resounding yes! It’s so important that your dog is rewarded for doing the things that you want without you having to ask them. Rewarding this will get them to do it more on their own. I can’t stress how important this is for you to do it well.
Should you reward your dog when they come off without permission and you put them back?
Simply, no. If your dog makes a mistake, you don’t want to reward those. This didn’t make its way into the video but I wanna spell it out right here. When your dog makes a mistake and then you correct them by putting them back into the correct position, you can’t reward them for the next five seconds. If you reward a dog within five seconds of making a mistake, then you are actually rewarding the mistake, and you will see more of those. Don’t do that. It might be useful for you to ask yourself this, “is what my dog is currently doing worth rewarding?” after the five seconds have passed. If the answer is yes, please reward the dog. If the answer is no, perhaps being patient is in order.
Do you need more help beyond this video and this article? Be sure to hit me up. You can send me a text message at 832-378-8529. I’d love to hear from you.