Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 16, 2012

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Kate Jackson, Certified Dog Trainer.

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Kate Jackson, Certified Dog Trainer:

Stay. Dogs are way more visual than they are verbal, so the hand signal is the key to getting a reliable stay.
So when you have your dog sitting you're going to use a hand signal for stay. You will then increase in small increments the distance between you and your dog-always returning to your dog Yes, good stay! The reason it's so important to always come back to your dog to release them out of a stay is that it keeps them safe. People often do this wrong and call their dog out of a stay which could be very dangerous. When you're teaching a stay, if your dog gets up out of a stay before you've released them, you're going to apply a no reward marker. It's a sound that tells your dog they've made a mistake. Uh, uh, uh, uh! Good boy. If you practice this exercise step by step, you'll be able to do distance stays with your dog, out of sight stays, and stays with major distractions, which is going to keep your dog safe. For the One Minute Trainer, I'm Kate Jackson.