Week 4

Stays & Recalls Continued

Sit Stay 

Just as when we introduced Sit Stay by adding 1' and 10 seconds per day, we will continue that pattern:

  • Days 1 and 2: 4' x 40 seconds
  • Days 3 and 4: 5' x 50 seconds
  • Days 5 and 6: 6' x 60 seconds

So we are increasing Distance and Duration. There are two main differences in the Sit Stay this week:

  1. You can no longer hold the leash so that there's pressure upwards on the dog's collar since the distance you are now standing is too far away. Hold the leash by the thumb loop, and keep your other hand loosely on the leash in preparation to swoop in and correct the dog if need be. 
  2. We are going to reward the dog while IN BEHAVIOR. What that means is that after we place the dog into the sit stay and step out with our RIGHT foot first, facing them, we will wait for a predetermined amount of time, then step towards the dog standing in front of them, pause, and then reach for a treat and pay the dog off. Step backwards so that you are back at the original distance you started with. Complete the duration of the exercise. You may step in to reward more than once. 
  3. We now are going to introduce the Sit Stay correction if the dog breaks the stay (they are permitted to move their head around, but not down below their shoulders and they cannot move their feet). Step in, place the dog into the exact position they were originally in for the Sit Stay, while facing the dog pull vertically up on the leash. DO NOT REPEAT ANY COMMANDS. I REPEAT, DO NOT REPEAT ANY COMMANDS!
  4. Return to your dog's side so that he is in heel position. You should sometimes wait for a longer period while at your dog's side before doing the exercise finish. You may also want to practice leaning over to pick up the leash while in that position as well. Additionally, moving behind the dog (to your right) when returning to them is also good practice. Those are common situations that dog's have trouble with and often break their stay. In order for them to learn what stay means - Do not move from that exact position, regardless of the circumstances - we need to practice the things that will challenge them. 

VIDEO: Sit Stay-Rewarding In Behavior

*Please also review the Sit Stay video on Week 3

Down Stay

Increase by 1' and 10 seconds per day; Day 6 you should be able to have your dog stay for 1 minute at 6' away

Recalls from Distractions

Paper Plate Recall

We utilize this drill to begin teaching recall because it has the dog leaving us and coming back, both for a reward. Recall is one exercise where we want to condition an aroused response. We want your dog to come back to you with the same amount of energy that you'd see when they chase a ball (or a squirrel!).