Simple Stays

Teach your dog a beginning stay through games and play.

This course focuses on teaching your dog to maintain a "sit" (or another position of your choosing) for short periods of time in distracting and/or exciting environments. This is a beginning level course, which means it is for dogs and owners of all skill levels.

All exercises and training games use progressive, force-free techniques that will enhance your relationship with your dog. The goal is for your dog to stay because she wants to, not because she has to.

The lecture series will take you all the way through foundation exercises to real world applications of the skills learned in the course. It will also feature example videos with many different dogs and owners.

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Your Instructor

Andrew Nelson
Andrew Nelson


I was five years old when my first dog, a Collie mix named Thunder, came into my life. Thunder lived sixteen years. And I spent those sixteen years working to understand him and the things he did, not necessarily working to make him understand me. Don’t get me wrong, I did teach him things, lots of things, but turning him into something he wasn’t was never my focus. This emphasis on understanding the natural behavior of the dog has shaped the way I train my own dogs and clients’ dogs.


I have been lucky to have experience working, training, and playing with shelter/rescue, pet, show, and performance dogs of many different breeds and mixes. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and learn from many wonderful people—professional dog behaviorists and trainers, hobby trainers, dog sport competitors, conformation handlers, breeders, rescue workers, pet owners, and veterinarians.


I started The Clever Canine in 2008 with the goal of connecting people and their dogs through ethical dog training. Since then, I have worked with 700+ clients in both in-home and group class settings.

The Clever Canine continues to offer in person dog training services in Morgantown, WV and Columbus, OH, but our current mission is to increase our accessibility and inclusivity in accomplishing our original goal. Our online learning platform for dog owners is a step towards this vision.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. And don't worry - if we ever decide to archive this class, the materials will be made downloadable so that you can have all the content for your personal use for as long as you like.

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