Stay is boring! Rip likes to run!
Ok, I'm a little ashamed that I have a nearly-3-year-old dog who really does not understand the concept of "Stay." Since I want to get Rip into the Rally & Obedience rings in the near future, this is a *bit* of a problem.
So, finally, I've decided to really work on "Stay" with Rip.
Coincidently last week I was in a managerial effectiveness class, and we had to work with another person and coach them through developing a plan to tackle a non-work project. I chose to think through training the stay. After helping me through the plan, my work colleague said, "and that is why I don't train my dogs." Fair enough.
At the end of Project Stay Rip will be able to hold a 5 minute sit stay and a 7 minute down stay in "public" with me 40' away.
Take on the 3 "D's" of the Stay. Duration, Distraction & Distance. I've chosen to break it down this way based on what I learned from a Laura Romanik seminar I attended a couple years ago.
I'm taking on Duration first:
- This work will be done at home, or outside in our yard - places that Rip is really comfortable with.
- We will start with 1 minute sit and 1 minute down.
- We will work up to 7 minutes in sit, and 7 minutes in down.
- I will stay within 6' of Rip at all times.
- Plan to work on duration for 7-10 days. 2 sessions per day.
Next is Distraction:
- I'm breaking distraction down into "new places" and "what is mom doing?"
- Rip and I will go to at least 4 new places to work on stays. The distraction part is all the new stuff that will be going on around us.
- We'll also work with distractions at home. I'll introduce new things and use things that normally distract Rip to test his resolve. We'll do at least 9 sessions of these "what is mom doing" distractions.
- All distraction work will be on leash, with me no more than 6' away from Rip.
- Plan to work on distraction for 7-10 days. 2 sessions per day.
Then we'll get to Distance:
- Work will be done mainly at home, and at the club building where we normally train.
- Work at home will be off-leash. Work away from home will be on-leash.
- Every session I'll move 1-2' feet further away.
- Goal is to be able to do out-of-sight stays at home.
- I'll work on distance for 7-10 days. 2 sessions per day.
Finally, we'll put it all together:
- In reality, this will continue as long as Rip is doing obedience, but we'll continue the stay focus for a final 7 days.
- We'll go to 4 new places and work on distance (on a long line).
- The goal here is to get 50' away from Rip, and be able to hold the sit stay for 5 minutes, and the down stay for 7 minutes.
To keep myself honest, I'll post quick updates on the blog at least twice a week, and a summary of each phase as we graduate to the next.