This video will demonstrate how to train a stand-stay. This video was requested to be added to the Basic Behaviors Puppy Library!
What you want with a stand, is for the dog’s rear-end to move and not the front. With your puppy in a sit, tickle their belly until they move their rear feet back and stand up. When they stand up, click (mark) and reward while pairing the behavior with the word “stand”. (Six Video Demonstrations)
Be sure to continue to reinforce for very good stand performances. If they raise a front paw, withhold reward until the paw comes down.
Once you start to get a good response very quickly by tickling their belly, you then want to go to just approaching their belly and waiting for them to initiate the stand without you tickling. When they stand without you touching their belly you will then click (mark) and reward. As soon as you are at the point where your dog is offering the stand without you touching their belly, you should no longer touch their belly to illicit the behavior.
When you think your puppy is beginning to understand the stand behavior you will want to start changing your position. If you continue to train the stand with you and your dog always in the same position, those positions may become the cue for the behavior. We recommend going from sitting while training this behavior to standing, to walking around and rewarding (similar to training the holding position with the sit-stay and down-stay).
Don’t forget to proof the behavior to make it solid!