A reliable stay is an excellent way to manage an overly excited dog but is also critically important for your dog's safety.
When teaching the stay cue, remember the 4 D's that make up a reliable stay: duration, distance, distractions and delivery of reward. Get a good duration in place before adding distance. Don't add distractions until you've got duration and distance nailed down. Randomly rewarding is the last step.
The same principles apply when teaching a down stay - work on duration first, distance second, distractions third and delivery of rewards last.
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