|Barked: Tue Dec 18, '12 12:33pm PST |
|Will she stay when you're standing beside her in heel position? That's where you start. Stand there, say "stay" and give your hand signal, DON'T GO ANYWHERE, mark with a yes, reward and RELEASE. (People often try to move too fast, and forget to end the exercise with their pup.)
Once you've gotten 3-5 successful repetitions where you say stay without leaving your dog, move on to the next step. Stand there, say "stay" and give your hand signal, point your toe forward then back to where it originally was, mark with a yes, reward then release. If you're successful with that 3-5 times in a row, move to the next step where you place more weight on the foot you're stepping away with, then back, reward and release. Again, once you're successful in that, take a full step forward then back to heel position, mark, reward and release.
If the pup gets up feel free to give a little "whoops" or a "nope" BUT make sure it's cheerful and not intimidating. Place the pup back and start over at a step where you were successful.
Don't overdo stay exercises. Don't work for more than about 1 minute at a time, if possible, especially at this age.
Most people try moving away too soon, too far and too fast. Then when they try to correct it they discourage, demotivate and intimidate their dog. Keep in mind that it's your responsibility to set your pup up for success, and your fault for moving too quickly if you see repeated failures.
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