Because of the puppy’s short attention span, stay is not something that merits a lot of effort at this point. Just like the word come and the word no, the word stay is often overused and under taught and quickly loses any meaning to the pup.
If you start to teach stay at a very early age, keep the length of time you ask the pup to stay very brief, 10-15 seconds to start. Build the time gradually. Be very sure that you ‘reward’ the puppy with a treat as he holds his stay and also be sure that if the puppy breaks the stay, you put him back in the spot that he broke from and have him stay for a shorter period next time around.
We have given you the basics, but there is a real advantage to working with a good coach or trainer. Look for someone who is certified, progressive, fun, and effective (see Traits to Look for in a Puppy Trainer). Dog training is an unregulated industry so shop wisely.
Puppy class is a wonderful opportunity for you to work with your pup in a public environment and for your dog to have the opportunity to interact with other puppies and people. There is nothing that beats a great early education!
Recipe for Success
Remember to use food liberally. Reinforce behavior you want more of!
Repeat these exercises often.
Take baby steps when teaching your puppy.
Once your puppy becomes skilled at home and in the yard, take the show on the road and practice in public situations.
Release often with games, enthusiasm, and fun.