How to Teach Your Dog to Stay

Right command

The first step is to choose the command you want to use. "Stay" is a common choice, but you can use whatever command you like.

Quiet place

When you're first starting out, it's best to start in a quiet place where there are no distractions.


Before you give the command, get your dog's attention. You can do this by clapping your hands, making a noise, or calling their name.

Say the command

Once you have your dog's attention, say the command and take a step back.

Reward them

If your dog stays in place, mark the behavior with a word like "yes" or a click of a clicker. Then, immediately give them a treat or praise.

Repeat steps 3-5

As your dog gets better at staying in place, gradually increase the distance between you and them.

Add distractions

Once your dog is consistently staying in place when there are no distractions, start adding distractions.

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