The Stay command is used with both the Sit and the Down. When the dog is in either position, tell him "Fido, stay," and show him the flat of your hand as a signal. Take a step or two away while holding onto the leash. Wait a few seconds and then go back and praise him, pop the treat in his
mouth, and release him. If he gets up from the position before you release him, tell him, "No," put him back where he started, and repeat the exercise. Practice a few times in the Sit and a few in the Down, and then take a break. Come back later and do it again.
The Stay should never be released from a distance (don't call your dog from a Stay); instead, always go to your dog. Doing so helps create a reliable Stay that you can eventually (with practice) depend on.
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