The “Stay!” command

“Sit!”; “Lie down!”; “Stay!”: These three simple commands are the basis for any tricks you teach your dog. It is therefore essential that he understands these commands before learning more complex tricks!

Use one word only, and always the same word, to give your dog a command. He will therefore soon make a connection between the sound and the action to be performed. Always say your dog’s name before giving the command. For example: “Jack, sit!”; “Jack, lie down!”; “Jack, stay!” Keep the sessions short, ten minutes or so, and pleasant for your dog. If you think your dog is becoming tired or losing concentration, do not insist or get cross, but simply change activity and start again later. Reward your dog with a treat as soon as he performs the requested action. As your dog learns the trick, you can give him a pat and verbal praise instead of the treat! For example: “That’s right!” or “Good dog!”


The “Stay!” command:

  1. Ask your dog to sit or lie down, and stand in front of him.
  2. Slowly move backwards, with your palm facing him, and say “Stay!”

3. If your dog gets up, say “No!”, put him back in his place, and move back once again

4. When your dog stays still, even only for one or two seconds, go back towards him and reward him. Repeat, gradually increasing your distance.

Dog trainer: Karina Laproye. Specialising in dog casting, coaching and training, the DogActing® firm provides film, television, advertising, photography and events professionals with its specialty dog services. For more information, visit

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