Our goal tonight was to teach Scarlet how to Wait - for her food and for doors to be opened -
and to Stay. After a few repetitions she was able to wait very well. However, she struggled with stay (her people describe her as a "velcro" dog). We were able to successfully get her to stay for 30 seconds of duration, but she just couldn't handle us walking more than a few steps away from her. What helped her get over the hump was a tactic I've only (recently) used once before: a tether. I put a leash around the leg of the sofa and attached it to her so she couldn't be reinforced by walking towards us. After just a few repetitions she had the "light
bulb" moment and she was able to stay, even as we walked out of the room. But the big breakthrough was having her stay as we walked into the laundry room, filled her bowl with food, then brought it back into the kitchen - all while she stayed in a sit - something she could not do before!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI