How to Train Your Dog to NOT RUN AWAY! How to Teach your Dog to STAY while DISTRACTED

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An introduction to clicker training:
The "training bubble" explained:

Every day dogs run out of the front door and end up in harm's way. The approach in this video can also apply to teaching stay when your dog bolts after a squirrel, cat or other small fury animal. Teaching your dog to stay when they want to go should be prioritized very early on in their training. However, a dog of any age can learn this skill. If your dog does NOT stay under ALL circumstances (when you ask them to), this video is for YOU.

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38 Comments on “How to Train Your Dog to NOT RUN AWAY! How to Teach your Dog to STAY while DISTRACTED”

  1. I really love your training style! The emotional connection it creates is really a great way to inspire loyalty in a dog, besides all the positive behaviors! I want my fur family to be happy and feel trust!

  2. Everytime I see one of your videos I get hyped up going
    “Now I’m gonna go teach my dog everything I know WITH THE POWER OF LOVE!”
    You’ve got the best energy, mate.

    1. I taught my puppy “back” whenever someone opens the door. before we open the door we say “back”. He backs up and sits down. Even my 4 and 5 year old daughters do it now 🙂

  3. Our dog who sadly passed away last year at the age of 13,5 got the “stay” command down quickly, amongst other things. Since the age of 2, we always had our door open during the summer. She would walk in and out as she pleased but never leaving our yard. Her best friend (dog that is) used to walk by quite a bit since they lived just a couple of houses away, even with that temptation, she always stayed put.

    She also loved laying outside during the winter months. Since I live in the northern parts of Sweden, it can get quite cold. We had this quilt that we would lay down on our porch and she would lay there sometimes for hours on end. She really loved winter, she would go all crazy inside when she saw it was snowing outside. It kinda sucks (in a good way?) when your dog loves to walk outside when it’s -20 degrees celsius, snowing with hard winds so you barely can feel your face after a couple of minutes outside. She was a mix between a golden retriever and finnish lapphund. I guess it was the later part that made her love cold climates and snow. 

    One tip I have to people that are having problems with their being at flight risk if someone opens the door. Either look your door or do as we did when we got our puppy, we put up a sign at our door telling people not to open it. Or you can do both, then you minimize the risk of the door being opened and your dog “making a break for it” even more.

    Yeah, I don’t know why I typed such a long comment. In a way it was a bit therapeutic. Been planning on getting a new dog, just surfing around looking at dog races etc and ended up here. Since “stay” was a command that we and she got praised for from other dog owners and people in general, it made me think of her. She was an amazing dog and it’s really true that a dog is a mans best friend.

  4. I like Zak’s training. He uses a much more positive approached for our furry kids and us. I have a 10-month old pup I am training. She is an American Eskimo and learns quickly and using Zak’s method really makes a world of difference in training Daphne. Thanks Zak for helping Daphne and me.
    Daphne is in the pic to the left.

  5. Zak, my dog “stays” pretty well.  She’s 19 mo old.  It’s the coming when called.  She knows what the command means, but will ignore and run the other way.  Like an adolescent.  Knows what to do but refuses to obey.  Can you help me with effective recall?

  6. These videos help me with my dog she didn’t understand most of the things but after a whole year she’s now a perfect dog fully trained to me

  7. My husky runs out the house and wonders around the neighbour hood and sometimes it’s hard to get her back, she normally comes home, but I’m afraid she will run across the road 😩

    1. LifeAsAnnaMaria I know I have a husky too she jumped the fence and ran into the freeway I ran in there and was able to get her but what if she does Thant when I am not home 😔 huskies are stubborn

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