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All effective dog training techniques revolve around one simple principle - positive reinforcement. If you'd like to have your dog sit and stay when told to, then you need to understand how to apply positive reinforcement in your training methods for the most effective and quickest results.
First of all, make sure that your dog understands a "release" command first so they know when it's OK to move from the "stay" position. This command can be whatever you wish, but it's got to be something that you've used consistently with your dog so they will recognize it.
Now, have your dog sit or lie down in front of you and place your hand, palm open, in front of your dog's nose and give the command "Stay."
Next, say "Good Boy/Girl" at the precise moment that your dog shows the behavior you want, in this case sitting still and staying there.
Now give the release command immediately after (within a couple of seconds), followed by treats and lots of praise.
It doesn't matter at this stage how long your dog stays there for; you should always reward even the smallest results, even if they only stay for a second or two.
From here, you can lengthen the amount of time your dog remains in the stay position very gradually, and slowly move farther away. They will soon learn what sort of actions result in rewards and they will learn to follow your commands in order to get the treat, now and in the future.
Eventually, your dog will instinctively follow commands without wanting or expecting the treat, and at which point you've developed another discipline into your dog's behavior which will allow you to take better control in all situations, both for safety benefits and for overall control.
Use this simple technique in 5-minute sessions and make sure you repeat the process once a day.
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