Training your Miniature Schnauzer puppy to stay is the next most important step after he has learned to Sit at your command.
Both the Sit and Stay commands are extremely important in your puppy’s young life, as in his adult life too.
After all, the last thing you need as a dog owner is for your puppy or adult dog to be in a harmful situation just because he wasn’t trained properly.
When you have trained your dog to obey you by sitting and staying at your command then you can be sure he will be safe.
In saying that, of course you would never purposefully place your dog in a situation that could harm him. For instance, vehicles backing along a driveway or trucks unloading scoria or earth or similar matter.
What I am talking about is the every day situation when you need your dog to keep out of harm’s way. When he becomes fully obedient to your command to Stay, then you can be assured that he will stay.
Let’s look at Training Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Stay
How are you going to train him to obey you?
This is when you will need patience with your puppy, along with a good supply of treats.
Steps to Follow when Training Your Miniature Schnauzer to Stay
- Stand in front of your puppy. Tell him to ‘SIT’.
- When he is in the ‘SIT’ position, say the word ‘STAY’
- As you say the word ‘STAY’, hold your hand upright with the palm of your hand facing your puppy.
- At the same time Take Two Steps Backwards.
- If puppy stays, Move Forward and Give him a Treat and some Words of Praise.
- If puppy moves forward, then Start again by saying ‘SIT’
- Then say ‘STAY’ and Take Two Steps Backwards.
Repeat this procedure until you can take four or five steps backwards, each time moving forward again and giving puppy another treat.
When you start this training, do it just for a minute or two. Then increase the time at each training session until you can move quite a distance away and your puppy continues to stay.
This training to teach your puppy to stay may need to be repeated many times for several days. But, your puppy will, in time, get to understand what you are teaching him.
As long as you persevere and have patience with your beloved Miniature Schnauzer he/she will respond well. Both you and your puppy will have achieved another step in puppy training.
Of course, this training is about Miniature Schnauzers but the same training applies to any breed of dog.
Learn how to teach your puppy to stay from professional dog trainer Adrienne Farricelli.
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