1- I am down on the floor with her, so she doesn’t have the inclination to jump up on me.
2- I am rewarding her between her paws on the ground. If I were standing, or she were sitting, the reward would be going in to her mouth at a high angle, which may cause her to jump. This way, she learns to look at the ground, causing the opposite of jumping.
3- I am praising her with ‘Good Stay’ during the stay. While I don’t want to talk too much, this is important because I want to mark the behavior I want (Stay). AS I increase the interval, the reward markers will become less and less, because the intervals will become longer. i.e, I will increase to 5 seconds, then 6, then 7, etc.
4- I lured her to her ‘Place’ to start, which she is very good at already.
5- I also used her ‘Settle’ command, so she relaxed on her side. She wasn’t in a ‘pounce’ position with her back legs, but a more relaxed down with her back legs laying to the side.
For this exercise, my focus was working on a 30-second Down Stay with 3-second intervals. Then release at the end.