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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-27-2013, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Sitting and Staying

Hello everyone i was wondering if anyone can give me tips on how to get Diggs (G.S.D) to be able to sit and stay. I have had him 3 days now he seems to respond to me very well, I am just needing a little advice on how to get him to stay when he sits as I walk away. So any and all advice will be helpful to me

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take advantage of his wanting to move with you and perfect that . heeling, recalls . static exercises come later . work with , not against.

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how old is your dog?
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how old is your dog?
He is 11 months 5 days old.
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i had my dog sit or lay in front of me. i would take one
or two step backwards. the two steps backwards lead to
10 steps and so on. when you take the steps backwards
stop and wait a few seconds and walk back to your dog
and treat and praise. waiting a few seconds leads to minutes
and so on. once your dog starts to stay walk away so he doesn't see
you. i started the out of sight stay by placing my dog on one side
of the car. then i would walk to the other side of the car. as my dog
held stay with me being out of sight i slowly made the distance longer
and the stay longer. now i started adding distractions. i would have people
walk close to my dog and circle him with their dog. i would have
people call him and offer him treats. after he was solid with the
stay with distraction i had people pick up his leash and pull him,
call him, treat him. i slowly made stay harder and harder for him.
you can train stay indoors and outside.

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your pup always wants to go with you or move when you move?
when would start training a dog/pup to stay? the OP's dog is
11.5 months old.

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your pup always wants to go with you or move when you move?
mine certainly does. I still can't move a muscle without his jumping up to see where I am going or what I am doing.
It is pretty funny, actually.
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It just takes practice. I had Riley sit/stay and I walked a step back, he stayed gave treat....I did this walking further away. If he followed I blocked him immediately and put him back in sit /stay. I can leave the room now and he will stay.

In puppy level 1 training I had to put him in sit/stay and walk around an aisle in a pet store and come up behind him. He did it perfectly each time staying in the sit/stay position.

We train a lot. In short intervals no more than 5 to 10 minutes, but throughout the day. In puppy class it was a bit different. We had to train for a solid hour. It was ok though I got down what I needed to do with him all week.
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Hello everyone i was wondering if anyone can give me tips on how to get Diggs (G.S.D) to be able to sit and stay. I have had him 3 days now he seems to respond to me very well, I am just needing a little advice on how to get him to stay when he sits as I walk away. So any and all advice will be helpful to me

-Thanks Michael

sounds like maybe you are turning your back and walking away, Diggs is just following along.
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your pup always wants to go with you or move when you move?
when would start training a dog/pup to stay? the OP's dog is
11.5 months old.
The OP has only had the dog 3 days. It's more important at this point to teach the new dog that being with you is where it wants to be. Setting a new dog (what ever age) up to succeed. If the dog wants to follow you, reward that by providing a command (Come!) and reward that behavior. The dog will soon learn that to comply to your requests results in happy times.

It will help build a bond and trust using what the dog is already offering.

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