Misty Pines is known by many to produce some of the most reliable stays on the east coast. We even have a Stay Club. To become a member of this club dogs must perform a Stay for their owners during a busy class for one hour while their owner is one mile away. The dogs cannot move until their owner comes back to Misty Pines to tell the dog they have finished the Stay. Amazing!
The stay command is a win-win, as it teaches dogs self-control and makes them more attentive while teaching other behaviors such as Heel or Come. Sit or down stay is a perfect alternative to those frustrating nuisance behaviors such as jumping on visitors or charging through open doors. Dogs who understand this crucial behavior are clear about what their job is: don’t move until you tell them they may get up and move.
Once your dog is taught what stay means, it is important to challenge their understanding of it by systematically increasing the variables of training; distraction, distance and duration at various locations. If you only practice in your kitchen, your dog will only be good in your kitchen. We encourage all of our students to challenge their dogs at new locations, keep in mind that a sit-stay in your kitchen may be much less challenging than a sit-stay outside of Starbucks while you get a cup of coffee!
If you need help teaching your dog to stay, or would like to build on what they already know, we encourage you to join our group dog training classes or take a private lesson. We would love to help you teach your dog a Stay that you can be proud of.