30 Second Stays (Tasks One and Two)


Happy Thursday!

Today’s “trick of the day” is actually two skills. These skills are number one and two on our certificate program for the first level. Every dog should learn how to stay until released and a great foundation for long stays is training a 30 second stay in a sit and a down.

If you can train a solid 30 second stay, getting up to one minute or five minutes will be that much easier!


Train your dog to sit for 30 seconds until released and train your dog to remain in a down for 30 seconds until released.


  • Train a release cue (we use the word break or single hand tap to the left leg for signal only dogs).
  • Teach your dog to stay and release without duration. Make it easy!
  • Work on adding duration but don’t always aim for longer stays instead, be random with how long you ask your dog to stay.
  • Remember that your dog is also strengthening different muscle groups so don’t expect them to hold a straight sit for a full minute until they have had the practice and strength building.
  • Slowly add distractions.
  • Teach your dog to sit and down with the release every where.
  • Use the sit and down in real life
  • Always, always, always release your dog!

You can also train this on a mat, platform or Klimb to start!

Rules for earning your MJ’s Skills Training Certificate on Tasks One and Two

Task one is the sit until released for 30 seconds. Task two is the down until released for 30 seconds. For a pass on certificates, dogs must sit and down with only one cue and remain in the stay while the owner is 6 ft away for the full 30 seconds. The owner may verbally praise the dog once during the 30 seconds, but this is optional. No treats are to be given or in the dog’s sight during the stay. The owner should return to the dog’s side (heel or right side) and wait two seconds before releasing at the end of the 30 second stay. The stay may be performed on the ground or a platform such as the Klimb in level one. The dog can be on or off leash.

Task Three: Stay and Walk Around

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