Training a dog is hard work, we all know that. More often than not we are tired, distracted and just want to watch TV or read instead. That doesn’t mean, however, we can’t train our dog at the same time!
My favourite “lazy day” training routine is the stay command. I put Rocco in a designated place, in this case on a large FedEx box,but it can be a small area rug or even a space marked by a piece of string (it makes it easier for the dog and you to see if they are performing the command correctly), and I tell him to sit-stay or down-stay.
I didn’t realize this, until our trainer pointed it out, that this command requires our dog’s brain to actively focus on “staying”. The dog is performing a job. To make the exercise even more challenging, you can ask your dog to hold something while he’s waiting (easier said than done – we’re still working on that one!). You want your dog to be able to stay even when you leave the room. A strategically placed mirror may come in handy to quickly correct your dog when he tries to break the stay.
If Rocco performs the task correctly I release him after about 20min, reward him and play tug or fetch for a couple of minutes.