At Harper, if your goal is to teach a long stay, then we recommend a down-stay. It's an easier position for your pup to hold for long periods of time because it's more comfortable, but also because it's a naturally calming position. Just think, when is the last time you've seen a dog fall asleep sitting up? How about standing?

We have to be straight with you though—the Down-Stay course is a lot like the Stay course. The only difference is the Down-Stay course doesn't waste any time on teaching sit-stay or stand-stay. If you're looking for an all encompassing stay program, then you'll want to jump over to the Stay course.

If you want to dive deep on the down-stay behavior specifically without any sits or stands getting in the way, then this is the course for you.

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What your pup will learn

  • How to remain still while a treat comes to his mouth
  • How to hold a down stay for up to 6 minutes
  • How to hold a down even if you move, leave the room, or there's a distraction
  • A word that means "you can stop holding the stay"

What you will learn

  • A process for teaching your pup to hold a down stay
  • The difference between a sit stay, stand stay, and down stay and when you should use each
  • The most overlooked part of a strong stay
  • The difference between an alert down position and a relaxed down position
  • The most common pitfalls when teaching a stay
  • How to remember to release in everyday situations