Getting Wolfie to Stay
What you have done is to try and teach Wolfie too many things too quickly... Remember that we all learned that 1 + 1 = 2 before we started to work with calculus. That is the problem we are having with Wolfie.
Let's break to the chase and let me explain exactly what you need to do to start getting your dog to stay:
- Make sure that you have your dog on a leash and that you are in a quiet place with no audible or visual distractions.
- Put your dog in a sit. If he does not do this the first time and does not stay in a sit position with focus on you, stop the "stay exercise" and simply work on the sit.
- Once your dog is sitting and focused on you, stand in front of him, hold your hand up like a traffic cop, and tell him to "stay".
- He needs to remain in his sitting position while focused on you and, more importantly, your hand.
- After 10 seconds of your dog not moving, slowly step back a few feet (be careful not to tug or pull the leash). Keep your hand up and always stand tall and face your dog. If he starts to move, correct him. If he gets up, start the process again.
- Once you reach the length of the leash, make sure that your dog is focused on you and your hand and that you are focused on him. Wait for 15 seconds.
- Now, while facing him and with your hand up, slowly walk around to your dog's left side. Next, walk around to his right side. Finally, return to standing in front of him. Always make sure that he is focused on you. Again, if at any time he stands up and starts to move, start the exercise from the beginning.
- Return to your dog's side and praise him for a job well done.