If you've spent any time in Harper learning any of the common positions—sit, down, or stand—then you already know that Harper teaches sit to mean "sit and stay until you're released."

Whereas Harper's Sit course mainly focuses on the "sit" element of that behavior, the Sit-Stay course turns its attention to the "stay" portion.

That said, let's not forget the sit part.

If your goal is just to teach a long stay, then a down-stay is probably a better place to start. It's usually easier for a dog to hold a long down than a long sit. It's a more comfortable position.

However, if you want your dog to be ready to move again—for instance if you're in line at the coffee shop—then your ideal position is a sit-stay. It's an alert position that requires your pup's attention, and it's quicker to go from a stand still to a walking position.

If that sounds useful to you, then you're in the right place.

Let's get started!

What your pup will learn

  • How to remain still while a treat comes to his mouth
  • How to hold a sit-stay for up to 90 seconds
  • How to hold a sit 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 sit-stay
  • The most overlooked part of a strong stay
  • The most common pitfalls when teaching a stay
  • How to remember to release in everyday situations