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Old 01-10-2013, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got ruger to sit, lay down, and to stand up from laying. I can't seem to get him to stay. What is the best way to train him to stay? Thanks


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How old is he? Why don't you just wait until class starts and ask the instructor?
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12 weeks old. Just to get a head of the game. Go into the class knowing the basics.


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At 12 weeks old I wouldn't worry too much about stay. I like to do a lot of stuff around the house when I bring home a new puppy, prior to starting puppy class, but they have such short attention spans at that age that expecting them to stay for more than a couple of seconds at a time is not really reasonable!

Right now I'd be focusing on teaching name recognition (an immediate whiplash head turn towards you when you say his name would be ideal), rewarding eye contact to reinforce focus, short recalls (on or off leash around the house - run backwards a few steps, encouraging him to follow, then whoop it up and give him a treat when he gets to you), and some impulse control stuff are all good. I like this game, and did it a lot when Halo was a puppy:


Using a treat lure to have him follow at your side as you walk around the house is a good foundation for heel or loose leash walking. I don't worry too much about using commands at this point, I mostly mark and reward behaviors I like. Keep training sessions VERY short, and fun.

I also do NILIF: Nothing in Life is Free, which is totally adaptable to the age and ability of the dog. I teach my puppies to remain in a sit while I put the food bowl on the floor, and then I immediately release to eat. If puppy breaks the sit before the bowl touches the floor, I stand back up again. I usually only have to do this a few times before they figure it out. I make it very easy at first and then increase difficulty later. Here's Halo demonstrating at 15 weeks old:


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He waits for his food already by sitting and he also sits before I let him out of the kennel and before I open doors. Ill wait for the class to start to learn more. Thanks or the advice.


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Another question for you. Your GSD at 15 weeks looks huge compared to mine at 12. Start puppy school in 2 weeks..-imageuploadedbypg-free1357869790.679516.jpg do they hit a growth spurt in between there ? Lol.


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He waits for his food already by sitting and he also sits before I let him out of the kennel and before I open doors. Ill wait for the class to start to learn more. Thanks or the advice.
Well, there you go, you've already got the foundation for a stay - that's excellent!

Halo is actually on the small side, she was only 14 pounds when we got her at 10 weeks old, and as an adult she's 60 pounds. that's the midpoint of the standard for a female, but all my previous females have been in the 70-80 pound range. Halo was putting on 2 or 3 pounds a week as a puppy, if I remember correctly, so that's nearly 10 pounds in 3 weeks.
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