12 weeks is very early to working on stay for such a long period of time. Don't push too hard! You've got to keep obedience fun in order to have a good obedience dog later on down the road!
For me, I don't really teach stay as a separate command. I always teach my dogs to hold position until released or given another command- like come, down, etc. Although in truth I almost NEVER call my dog out of their position. Calling a dog out of position too many times usually means that you get a dog who is likely to break position to come to you for their reward. I always go back to my dog and release them. Are you using a release command? That's an important thing to start incorporating into your training if you haven't already.
Sounds like you'll be ahead of the general puppy class, so it'll be an excellent opportunity to work under distractions!
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