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Hi guys, any tips for teaching stay? We were getting somewhere with it but it’s as if lunas brain has just shut it out.

Also how do you deal with a pup that has separation anxiety from you? It’s just me she has it with and when I leave to go to uni or nip out even if she’s with my dad or sister she just cries.
 

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Hi guys, any tips for teaching stay? We were getting somewhere with it but it’s as if lunas brain has just shut it out.

Also how do you deal with a pup that has separation anxiety from you? It’s just me she has it with and when I leave to go to uni or nip out even if she’s with my dad or sister she just cries.
How old is your puppy? I doubt she has true separation anxiety, all pups cry when left alone because this is a natural instinct. They miss their mom and siblings. To teach stay start slowly and be very patient. Use treats and back up just a little and reward, continue to slowly back up more and reward. If she breaks the stay then you went to far and go back to your previous distance. Remember to only use commands if you are able to follow through with them.
 

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Keep practices short and sweet. "Mark" the behavior you want with a word like "yes" or click from a clicker. Reward with something yummy. And I use one command for a "stay until I tell you to do otherwise" than I do for a "hold on for a moment while I fix your collar" or "you can't go through this door with me". For moments when they can release themselves I use "wait". Of course at a very young age they won't really understand either concept but with patience and lots of repetition they figure it out.

these are my dogs learning the word "Pillow" which is their place command.
 

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Hi guys, any tips for teaching stay? We were getting somewhere with it but it’s as if lunas brain has just shut it out.

Also how do you deal with a pup that has separation anxiety from you? It’s just me she has it with and when I leave to go to uni or nip out even if she’s with my dad or sister she just cries.
How old is your puppy? I doubt she has true separation anxiety, all pups cry when left alone because this is a natural instinct. They miss their mom and siblings. To teach stay start slowly and be very patient. Use treats and back up just a little and reward, continue to slowly back up more and reward. If she breaks the stay then you went to far and go back to your previous distance. Remember to only use commands if you are able to follow through with them.
She’s four months old, got her at exactly eight weeks. It’s just she cries and cries when I’m not there even though she isn’t alone. And thank you
 

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Keep practices short and sweet. "Mark" the behavior you want with a word like "yes" or click from a clicker. Reward with something yummy. And I use one command for a "stay until I tell you to do otherwise" than I do for a "hold on for a moment while I fix your collar" or "you can't go through this door with me". For moments when they can release themselves I use "wait". Of course at a very young age they won't really understand either concept but with patience and lots of repetition they figure it out.

these are my dogs learning the word "Pillow" which is their place command.
Thank you I’ll keep that in mind
 

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I have had decent luck pairing a hand signal with the word "wait." For some reason, the hand signal seems to convey what I want more so than the word at first. I hold my hand up in front of them, palm facing them, really just like you would tell a person to wait. If they do it just for a few seconds at first, then I say "good boy!" or something like it so that they know they got it right, and then reward them with something yummy.
 

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They will always notice body language before verbal, so if you want to train words, use the word before the gesture. They learn hand signs and body language so well that it is not unusual for them to really not know the verbal cues at all.
 

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They will always notice body language before verbal, so if you want to train words, use the word before the gesture. They learn hand signs and body language so well that it is not unusual for them to really not know the verbal cues at all.
Hey Car2ner, I actually have been doing both at the same time. Do you still think it would be better to do the verbal first and then the hand signal?
 
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