Dogs are notorious for getting distracted.

Getting your dog to stay is tricky, but it can be done.

The most important thing to remember is that persistence and proper training methods are the keys.

The following sequence has been proven to be most effective:

Teach a Proper Sitting Position

Your dog should learn how to sit upright with all four paws on the ground. The puppy sit (where one leg is folded under the stomach) should not be allowed. Also, the sitting position should be taught on your left side. Your dog should be perfectly aligned with you.

Teach a Release Cue

Once your dog has learned how to sit, it’s important that you teach them a release cue—any word that isn’t used in normal conversation (i.e. okay).

Your dog will learn to stay will waiting for the release cue quicker than they will if you preach the word “stay”.

Practice at Optimal Times and Conditions

The best time to practice is when your dog is well rested or exercised. Teaching a dog to stay when they’re hyper is never a good idea. Also, make note that conditions are important. Work your dog in a calm, comfortable place—that’s away from other dogs.


Use the above-mentioned sequence to get your dog to sit and stay. It will take persistence, but the end result will be worth it. If you ever need any help, please don’t hesitate to contact Lose the Leash.