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Pia Silvani, host of Teacher's Pet on Pet Life Radio

Pia Silvani
Teacher, Trainer & Author
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

Training Session #3 – Step 1 to Teaching Stay

It's important that you effectively communicate what you want from your dog.  Remember, dogs do not understand English.  They do not understand when you talk to them in sentences, paragraphs, or lectures. They are not born knowing what sit, down, stay or come mean.  Dogs can learn quite a large vocabulary of words and short phrases.  However, for each word or phrase you want him to respond to, you must carefully teach him what it means by communicating with him in a way he will understand. We communicate with dogs by a process of demonstration and reward.  We help the dog learn what our English word means by helping him carry out the action as we say the word.  As soon as he does it, we reinforce him for cooperating.

Today’s lesson will focus on teaching your dog to hold a reliable Stay.  Pia will work with you and your dog on the first steps of getting a reliable Sit and Down Stay.  Teaching your dog to exhibit self-control will make your life much easier, especially when you have company over or are out and about.

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