About keeping the leash tight when they are on a sit or down stay--I was actually taught that as a way of hardening a dog's stay. Once they have a good idea what they are supposed to be doing, you tell them to stay, stand out in front of them (say at about 6 feet at first), and start a gentle steady tug (no jerking on the leash). Chances are your dog will actually lean back a bit against the leash pressure. You can increase the force and change the tug direction a little as they figure out that they are still supposed to sit there until you actually release them.
- I was taught one summer in 1978 (via a master OB trainer, top confirmation Judge and show breeder), with our first Tanya...proofing the STAY is critical, for a solid Foundation.
And I have modified this to my liking, injecting Beaumont signs&tricks
to test reliability.
- command dog to SIT, on your LEFT SIDE
- remember KEN, giving the STAY command...you lead off with your RIGHT FOOT
- because if you walk away with your LEFT FOOT, that's the foot closest to Mr. B. eyes & it indicates he should HEAL with you...in silent training, I also test with
- before I walk from my dog, in a STAY command / I have given my dog a 2 finger flick, in front of dogs eyes-brows...I taught Amy this sing language, in voice training...works wanders
- now when you step away, do 3-4 walks around dog...holding your 2 fingers sideways, in front of your chest
- this sends a clear visual message, Dog must stay seated
- now return to heal position
- HEAL a few feet forward & repeat above
- after many repetitions, start expanding your 360 degree walk...around dog
- soon you can be 10 feet away, and occasionally STOP in your tracks...with silent fingers, still giving the STAY command
- also a STAY of 3 minutes, goes to 5 minutes, to 10, to 15 to 20 minutes
I use the silent fingers, when Kelly follows me to the busy HWY...taking out garbage bags.
- they watch those 2 index fingers with Hawk Eyes...and the message, is gained for Life
- now your ready for the COME routine, as outlined by MEL
...using a Leash.
PS - once a dog gets the general STAY command, on a Leash...I swiftly go Off-Leash...and proof with fingers, and circle walks around dog.
- a dogs training, ramps up much quicker...given more responsibility, to follow
Just like in the competitive Golf swing, you fix or correct....one problem at a time / until the memory muscle makes the positive change, the new habit = New Success.