Clicker training Theory
Clicker Training Articles
This cue can come after any other stationary cue – usually, we use it
with ‘sit’ and ‘down’. The cue ‘stay’ tells the dog to keep its position
until being told otherwise or until he/she is being clicked and treated
(the click ends the behavior). There are three variables to work with:
duration, distance, distractions.
Prepare in advance a clicker and some highly reinforcing treats.
when your dog is either in a sit or a down position, say the cue
‘stay’ wait 1 second and click and treat.
Say the word ‘stay’ again (remember that your last click ended
the previous exercise) and again, wait 1-2 seconds, click and treat.
Repeat steps 2,3 while gradually increasing the duration of stay
needed before the click and the treat. Try to get to 10-15 seconds
before continuing to the next step.
Now, we can start working on distance: say ‘stay’ and move 1 step
back – click and treat immediately. Repeat several times.
say ‘stay’ and take 2 steps back – if the dog stays – click and
treat – if not, you need lower your expectations and take only a
step or a step and a half back before the click and the treat. Try
to get to a distance of 8-10 steps back before continuing t the next
Start moving in various directions – back, sides, front, behind
the dog, with your back to the dog. You will notice that the
behavior deteriorates and that you need to go back to basics when
you do that – that’s normal.
When the dog does responds well to the cue you can start adding
distractions. At the beginning make the distractions low key, like
another quiet person in the room, an unmovable toy, etc. gradually,
you can make the distractions more distracting – a person dribbling
a ball or jumping up and down, a ball being thrown on the ground,
1 - stay duration
Watch video 2 - stay distance
Watch video 3 - stay