since you don't want advice on leashing Kira i'm going to tell you how i taught my dog to stay. note, i'm talking about my dog so when the leashing part comes up don't be upset because i'm talking about my dog.
when i taught my dog to stay i would have him sit in front of me.
i would say stay and give him the hand signal to stay simultaneously. after saying stay i would take one step backwards. i would wait 3 seconds and go back to him and praise and treat.
in the begining when he was learning stay my GF would hold him in place by a leash. we did this same exercise 5 or 7 times a day. why 5 or 7 times a day, i don't know but it worked. each session only lasted 5 minutes or so.
as my dog started learning stay i started making it harder and harder. as he progressed one step backwards became 3 steps backwards, then 5 steps then 10steps and so on. now my GF would unleash him and we didi the same thing. so now he's staying. now i say stay while giving the hand signal stay but i start to move out of his sight. now the easiest way i found to duck out of sight
was to train in the house. i could make him stay in the hallway and walk into the bathroom for a few seconds. or i could have him stay in the kitchen and i walk out the front door. it was easier for me to get out of his view indoors.
outdoors i would tell him to stay and hide behind a tree or a car or whatever. i would take him to a store and place him in a down stay. i would go inside the store and step off to the side so i could watch him. sometimes i would place him next to the wall
of a door store and take his leash and lay it out in front of him.
then when i stepped inside the store i could stand next to the wall he's laying against and i could see the outstretched leash. i watched the leash so i could tell if he was moving.
with all of his stay exercises i slowly increased is stay time from seconds to minutes. he has stayed for 1/2 hour with major distractions. dogs walking by, people pulling on his leash, people calling him he stays. i put my dog in all kinds of stay situations.
to teach my dog to stay on the porch i would put him on the porch and say stay. then i would go inside the house for a few seconds. then i would come out and praise and treat. after a while i would have my dog in a down stay and my neighbors would come out and call him and tempt him with treats to get him to move. my neighbors would call my dog gently in the begining. as we trained they started calling him with gusto and running up and down the driveway. then they would bring their dog over and let the dogs get nose to nose and my dog would hold his down stay.
we slowly added distractions and we slowly increased his stay time.
now i also taught my dog boundaries. with boundaries my dog has the freedom to move around. my neighbors on both sides of my house play with my dog. he knows he can run across the lawns but he doesn't run into the street. sometimes when we're playing ball with my dog the ball will get away and roll into the street. my dog stops on top off the lawn and waits for you to get his ball from the street.
now i'm thinking in your situation you might want to teach your
to stay and then the boundaries. this way your dog can be on the porch and move around but not leave the porch even with distractions.
Originally Posted By: discodogOH......one more thing. I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but please don't respond with comments like, "You shouldn't be letting your dog run loose like that" or "You're going to get sued if Kira bites someone". I'm not looking for advice on whether or not I should be letting Kira off-leash in my front yard. I'm looking for pointers on how to get her to "STAY" regardless of distractions. And I don't want the leash to be a "reminder" to obey. I want her to obey because she's been taught to obey and stay put until I say otherwise. Thanks!!