I don’t have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to training. Mostly I figure – your dog, do what works for you and your family and situation. Might not work for me and mine, but what the hey. We’re all different.
But – oh yes, there is a but – one of my few pet peeves is when people use “COME!” as the release word for stay.
Why? I’m so glad you asked!!!!
Because when I put dogs into a stay, what I want is for them to take a deep breath and chill out. Relax. Wait patiently. Until I come back and release them.
BUT – yes, another one! – when you use ‘come’ as a release word, what I see is a lot of tense dogs.
I can see their little minds going a hundred miles an hour. “She called me to come at 15 seconds last time and a minute the time before. How much time has gone by?? What was that noise? Was that Her? Calling me to come? Yes? No?? Well???”
I don’t Want that. I want them to be resting and thinking, “Fine. When she gets here, she gets here. I’ll just hang out till then.”
Now, sure eventually, we can call our dogs to come from their stay. Its really fun to see them bound toward us, happy and excited.
But when we first teach Stay – go back to them. Release from there.
Better yet – add in tons and tons of distractions before you add in distance. I know -weird concept. What you really want to do is shout STAY STAY and then back away, right? I KNOW!
The more distractions you add in, the better the dog will understand this very strange idea of ‘do nothing and get rewarded for it’.
How do I get that gig???