If you've completed the Down-Stay course, wow, you've achieved a lot! If you're motivated to keep going, here are some other things to work on.

Growing Your Down-Stay

Work on Maintaining a Strong Down-Stay

Very few things in life are like riding a bicycle, so you need to routinely practice them if you want them to be strong. Get in the habit of practicing all of your stay behaviors in different environments, in the face of different distractions, and for different durations.

Give Cues from a Distance

If you ask your pup for a down when he's 15 yards away from you, do you think he'll give you one? Try it out and consider working on this skill. If you plan to have your dog off-leash in public, you just might find it useful.

Related Harper Courses


Expand your stay repertoire to include other positions like sit and stand, and work on stays that are 5+ minutes long.


A sit-stay is universally helpful no matter where you are, but what if you're at home and you want your pup to go to a specific spot and hold a stay there? That's where Place comes in.


Tug is a great moving behavior to introduce after you give a release. If this isn't already a fun game you and your dog play together, you might consider adding it.