After getting your dog's duration or time built up on the Stay command (you should be able to get to at least one minute with three treats or less), it is time to start working on adding Distance. Remember, any time you are working on building up one of the three parts of the Stay cue, the other two should be as low as possible. So when starting work on adding Distance, there should be short Duration (time), and minimal or no distractions.
3 Parts to the Stay Cue:
1. Duration (time)
This means to a dog, you are now free to do what you want. Common Release Cues include: Break, Free, & Release. I highly discourage owners from using “Okay” as a release cue. This is a very commonly used phrase, and your dog may be randomly released by a passing stranger. Use commands that are not common in every day speech.
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Stay, Step One: Duration (time).