A 5 Minute Training Plan For Teaching Your Dog To STAY!


– We all have busy lives and fitting dog training into
your life can be a challenge. Today, in our second episode of Training In Five Minutes
In Five Feet Of Space, I’m gonna teach Mac, the
nine year old Border Collie who’s never had any obedience training, how to stay. I’m Steve, this is Mac, welcome back to McCann Dogs. Now, this is Mac and you may have seen Mac in some of our other videos. Mac spends a lot of time herding sheep and doing a lot of work that
a lot of Border Collies do, but Mac has never been
in an obedience class and he has never been taught
a lot of the foundation stuff that we’re gonna do today. Today, what I wanna do is
spend a little time teaching your dog how to stay. It’s a very handy skill,
to have your dog be able to hold position while
you do something else. Now, because he doesn’t have
any understanding of this, we’re gonna take a few minutes and go back right to the
foundation of things. Because Mac doesn’t know
any of the foundation, I need to spend a little
time teaching him to sit at my side. Having my dog understand that, holding that position at my side, is, sort of, step one and
you can see he doesn’t really know where to go, he’s just kinda hanging out. He’s a lovable guy. But I’m gonna use just my
leash and a little guidance to bring him to my side and then I’m gonna place him in a sit. Now, what I need him to do
is once he is in that sit, I’m gonna loosen up on
me leash and allow him to make a choice, and as long as he
chooses to hold that sit, I’m gonna reward him for it. If he gets up, however,
I’m gonna use that leash to guide him right back. So, I’m simply gonna
bring him into my side, my right hand comes close to the clip, I’m gonna say sit and
tuck him right into me then I’m gonna loosen up on that leash and I’m gonna stand up. Good boy! Good job! So he’s getting up. I’m gonna just repeat those steps and place him right back in that sit. He’s gonna lie down ’cause
he’s really not sure what’s going on, we’re just gonna help him. Sit. Good sit. Oops. So he gets up, and you’ll notice I’m just
calmly following through every time. Yes! Good boy! Excellent boy! Good job! You’ll notice I didn’t say yes until he actually committed
to holding the sit. Yes, good boy! And now I’m rewarding him
over and over and over again to let him know he’s doing a great job. Now, you’ll notice my leash
is loose as I’m doing this. Our tendency, sometimes,
would be to hold those dogs in the sit. I wanna give him that
slack and the opportunity to choose to either get
up or to hold the sit. And again, if he were to get up, you’re being a really good boy right now, I would simply place him
right back in that sit. As long as he’s holding the sit though, I’m gonna continue to
“yes” and reward him. Good boy! His job is to hold the sit
until I give him permission to get up. So I’m gonna give him permission now. I’m actually gonna take a little food, I’m gonna put it right at
his nose and tell him “okay.” Good boy! And encourage him out of that sit. Last week, we did these
exercises in this little space with little Hippie Shake, the Toy Poodle. This week, I’ve got Mac, the nine year old Border Collie. All these exercises can be
done in a little bit of time and a little bit of space, you know? Like your Lab in the living room or the Collie in the kitchen, or your Wolfhound in the washroom. SD Cruiser, maybe you were right. Maybe the Wolfhound in the
water closet isn’t a great idea. Okay, maybe I need a little
bit more space for that dog. The point is we want you
to do these exercises in times that fit into your day. In little bits and pieces so that you and your dog can be successful. Mac now has a little
bit of an understanding that his job is to hold
the sit at my side, and now I’m going to do
this but I’m gonna create a little bit of distraction for him to really proOF his understanding. I’ve got this really exciting
rainbow unicorn toy here and I’m gonna put it
somewhere where he can see it, and as long as he holds the sit, I’m gonna continue to reward them. If he gets up though, I’m simply
gonna place him right back in that sit. So, here’s first step. I’m gonna bring him to my side. I’m gonna tell him sit. Loosen up on the leash. Good boy, good sit! I’m gonna yes and reward that. Good sit! Now, I’m gonna take this toy and I’m gonna put it down on that table or chair where he can see it. Sit. Good sit. Yes, good boy! Good choice, buddy! Now, he made a great choice there. He looked at that toy and
looked right back at me. That’s exactly the
choice I want him to make and as long as he continues to do that, I’m gonna reward him. Now, he’s doing a great job so it’s important now we try
and proof his understanding a little bit further. So I’m gonna release him, I’m gonna have him sit again and then I’m gonna move him
a little closer to that toy. Oops buddy, sit. Good sit, good. Now you’ll notice while
I’m talking to you, that’s where he’s sort of
losing his understanding. It’s important when you’re
working through these that you’re focused on
the dog all the time for that short period of time. Yes, good sit. So I’m gonna do a little reset and we’ll try it a
little closer to the toy. Remember, these exercises
are something that you can do in just a few minutes. You know, maybe between the
time you drop the kids off at school and head to work, or even before the kids get up. They don’t take much time or space. So to make this harder for him, I’m gonna ask him to get
in and sit at my side again but I’m gonna put the toy on the ground, a little bit closer to him to
help prove his understanding. So first things first,
I’m gonna use my leash to guide him into my side, I’m gonna place him in my little sit. Sit. Good boy. Sit. Now, you’ll notice he’s leaning on me. This is a thing that
a lot of dogs will do. I wanna make sure he’s
sitting entirely on his own so if he leans on me, I’m just gonna direct
him up and away from me, put a little bit of
slack back in that leash and help him from there. Good sit. So he’s leaning again. I’m just gonna direct him away. I know he’s a very loving guy and he thinks that’s great. Good boy, good sit. Yes! Good boy! Now, I’m gonna tell him sit. I’m gonna put this toy down on the ground. Now, he’s shifting already. No big deal. I’m gonna keep my criteria really high. I’m gonna tuck him right
back where I want him. Sit. Sit, buddy. And then we’ll go from there. Good sit. Excellent boy. Now I’m gonna take my toy, I’m gonna put it on the ground. He gets up, I’m gonna tuck
him right back to my side where I want him. Sit. Sit, buddy. You’re a banana. He’s being a really
floppy puppy right now, which is great. I’m not mad at him. He’s only doing this
’cause he doesn’t know. My job is to follow through. Now, he’s sitting nicely on a loose leash. Now I can start to reward him. Yes. Good sit. Yes. Good sit, good boy. What a good puppy dog. The one thing I wanna highlight, first things first, he’s
getting a little wiggly so I’m just gonna tuck him back. You may notice every time I feed him, I’m feeding him in a direction that brings that focus back to me. The food comes from up high, down to him and he’s starting to
really figure that out ’cause he’s looking up
at me for the treats. So instead of giving him that treat, looking at that distraction
or somewhere else, the treat comes up towards my face and down to him to help keep that focus. And he is doing a great
job, a very good job, but I’m gonna continue to reward. So for 60 or 90 seconds, you can practice this kind of exercise and prove through some
of those distractions. This video, we’re going
to work on our stays but I haven’t said “Stay” yet, at all. It’s important that I give
my dog a solid foundation in simply a basic behavior
in sitting at my side before I start throwing
out another command and expecting the dog to understand it. I am now going to start to
introduce the word, “Stay.” Now “Stay” to me is very important. It’s very black and white. It literally means, “Stay
right in that spot.” And it also means I’m going to leave you but I’m going to come back to you, and that’s a really important
thing for us to remember when we’re teaching our dogs. “Stay” always starts
with the dog at our side and it always ends with us
returning back to their side. So here’s what I’m gonna do, he’s starting to get that understanding. Hi buddy, how are ya? He thinks this is a great game now. I’m simply gonna bring him to my side and I’m gonna have him sit. Sit. Good sit. Now I’m gonna tell him “Stay,” and all that I’m gonna do
right now is turn right in front of him, and as long he wants that sit, I’m gonna praise him
and yes, and reward him. But if he gets up at all, I’m
going to quickly place him back in that sit. So here’s what it looks like. Stay. Stop sign signal with no food in my hand, turn in front of him. Yes, good stay. Good. Stay. And I can pivot right back beside him. Good stay. Now, he shifted a little bit. I was actually about to reward him. I wanna be very black and white with him with my expectation, so I’m just gonna tuck him
back exactly where he started. That doesn’t seem like a big deal but to your dog, if you give him an inch, pretty soon they’re gonna
start to take a mile so it’s important that
I put him back exactly where he was. Stay. I’m gonna pivot in front of him. Yes. Good stay. Stay. Pivot right back beside him. Yes, good stay. Good boy. And I’ll try it one more time. Stay. Pivot right in front of him. Yes, good stay. Now he shifted a little bit that time, I’m gonna just tuck him
right back where I need him. Stay. Good stay. He’s shifting again. And this is gonna happen, your dog’s get interested in other things and, again, our job is to follow through each and every time. Stay. Good stay. Stay. Yes. Good boy. Very nice. And, again, in 30 or 90 seconds, he’s been doing a great job. Put a little food in his nose, okay, and I can release him and
give him permission to get up. I use “Okay” as my release
word for Mac or any of my dogs to let them know that
the exercise is over, and that’s a really important
point when it comes to stays. Often times, dogs struggle
because they’re not told when it’s okay to get up. We spend so much time teaching them how to hold the position, it’s also important they
understand that we’re ending the exercise and giving them permission to go and do other things. So even anytime in practicing anything, whether it be a stationary
exercise or something else, when I wanna let him know it’s okay, the job is done and we
can do something else, I give him that clear “Okay,” and then he can move. So part of my five minutes
has been spent teaching my dog what “Stay” means and Mac here is starting to get it. He’s starting to understand so I’m gonna start to
push him a little bit. And I’m not gonna push him to the point where he is unsuccessful, I’m gonna be smart and I’m gonna add little teeny distractions in a moment to help proOF his understanding. So I’m gonna bring to my side, I’m gonna tuck him into that sit. Good boy, buddy. Sit. I’m gonna tell him stay and I’m gonna pivot right in front of him. First things first, I’m
gonna remind him of his job so I can say yes, reward
him for that stay. And then I’m gonna try a
little, tiny distraction. I’m gonna shake my leash, yes, and reward. Good stay. I’m gonna tap my legs. Yes, and reward. Good job. I might even bounce in place. Yes, and reward. I’m doing one teeny little distraction and as long as he holds position, which he’s doing a great job of, I’m immediately going to
say yes and reward him. I am not gonna distract until he fails. Often times, people add too
much distraction too soon. So let’s say I shake my leash
and tap and jump up and down and do all sorts of things and he decides to shift towards me, this was my fault that he moved, okay? I added too much distraction. So I’m gonna guide him
right back to where he was. Sit. Good try, buddy. Excellent work. Now I’ll go back to
one little distraction. Yes, and reward. Good boy. Again, bounce in place. Yes, and reward. Very good job. Again, after 30 or 40 seconds, I can remind him stay again, pivot right back beside him, excellent job. Now he’s leaning on me again so I’m just gonna discourage that. Sit. Good sit. Yes, good boy. And we’re done now so I can tell him okay. If your dog is starting
to really understand this and starting to understand
that they can stay in the face of those distractions, we’re now gonna make it harder. We’re gonna start to add
a little bit of distance. And adding distance can be a
real challenge for some dogs because we tend to make some mistakes that encourage them to break position. I’m gonna talk you
through those right now. So here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna have Mac sit at our side again like we’ve talked about. Sit. Good sit. I’m gonna give him that stay command, that stop sign signal
with no food in my hand. I’m gonna pivot in front of him and as long as he’s doing a good job, I wanna start on some success. So I’m gonna say yes, I’m gonna give him a little treat. I’m gonna remind him “Stay” and
I’m gonna take one step back and as long as he holds position… Okay. This is perfect. He shifted forward towards me and this is common, what happens, as soon as we start to add distance. If he shifts forward, no big deal but what I’m gonna do is
just quickly direct him back to where he was to start. Sit. Good sit. Now I’m gonna take that
big step that I took back and I’m gonna split it in half. Hey, leave it. That’s it. Good boy. Yes, good boy. I’m gonna remind him
“Sit” and I’m gonna take a half a step back. Yes. I’m gonna say yes but I’m gonna go back to
him before I reach for food. That’s really critical with dogs. If I was to be far away from him, pull out some food and
lean it in towards him, he’s probably gonna come
up and get it from me so I need to really help him. Now, I’m gonna try that again. I’m gonna tell him “Stay,”
take that half-step back. Whoops! So he shifted. So I’m just gonna shift him right back to where he needs to be. This tells me he’s not ready
for too much distance yet. So I’m gonna stay a
little closer right now to help him be successful. Stay. Yes, good stay. Good. Stay. I’m gonna need a couple
of successful repetitions, holding still, now I’m gonna try and add
a little distance again. Stay. Yes, good stay. I’m gonna go back to him, reach for my food and reward, stay. Take that half-step again. Whoops. So he shifted, no big deal. I’m gonna take a little step back, place him right back where I want him. Stay. Good stay. Yes, good stay. Good boy. Stay. Yes. Good stay. I am adding little baby
bits of distance for him to be successful. It’s my job to make him right and I’m doing what this
dog needs to do that. Stay. Yes. Good stay. Excellent boy. Good. Stay. Yes. Good stay. So you’ll notice with each step, I’m going a little but further back but I’m not always gonna move away. I might tell him stay
and stay a little closer to really make him think
that it doesn’t matter where I am, his job is to hold that position. Yes. Good boy. Very nice. And I’m gonna end the exercise now ’cause he’s done a great job. So I’m gonna remind him, “Stay.” I’m gonna pivot right back beside him. Yes. Good stay. Good job, buddy. And, again, now I’m ready
to end the exercise. I’m gonna take a little food to help him and just tell him “Okay.” Hey, good boy buddy. Good work. I had to stay pretty close
to Mac in this little session to help him be successful. You know, in your house, maybe you can from the
dishwasher to the sink. If they’re being successful,
then by all means, move to the edge of that five foot space, really build on that distance. But if they’re struggling with it, stay closer to them. One of the best things about
training in small spaces for short periods of time
is it really helps my timing in dog training. We know dogs learn within a second and if I’m only two or three
or four feet away from him, if he happens to make a mistake, when he does, I can quickly within that second, try to get him back into that position. It really helps them
understand what their job is at that moment. We know everyone has busy lives and the point of this video
series is to help you fit your dog training into five
minutes in five feet of space to help both you and
your dog be successful. If you haven’t seen our first video, click that card right there. If this is your first time on the channel, make sure you click that Subscribe button. And with that, I’m Steve, this is Mac, happy training.

11 Replies to “A 5 Minute Training Plan For Teaching Your Dog To STAY!”

  1. I have just started to work on stay with my 3 month old GSD. This has shown me that I've been making a lot of mistakes that I need to correct. Thanks for another great video!

  2. Very helpful video. I like how you used a dog that wasn’t trained and showed the corrections that had to be made as you went along.

  3. Looking for more tips for short, efficient training sessions? Here’s a link to Teach Your Dog To Listen To You: The BUSY Dog Owner's Guide To Teaching Your Dog To LISTEN! https://youtu.be/x1XAZO1RidI

    Happy Training! ~Ken

  4. Thank you for all the great video training! Dog training lessons are expensive, this is such a great opportunity. I have a question: what food or snacks do you use for the food rewards for the pups while training?

  5. HAHA!! Skye is almost as tall as you when sitting, such a cool dog. My dog pushes his way into the bathroom when I'm using it, can't image Skye trying to push his way in 🙂

  6. I love these training videos and on semi related note can we see more of the sheep herding videos? Or have y’all taken the winter off because you’re in Canada? I know down here in GA we take the summer off of herding class!

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