Popper (beagle red heeler mix) is going to (hopefully) start agility in June, after he has a little interview with the instructors to determine if he can start or if he needs more obedience (he's had several classes and does flyball now). But I know in agility, they have to have a good stay. His sucks. Part of it, I'm sure, is that he has separation anxiety. Not the chew through the walls kind - the sit at the door and whine and cry for a couple hours. He is always in front of the only exit in the room, and if there are multiple exits, by my side or on my feet. It's compounded by the fact that I work from home. Even at dog parks, it's a lot of work to get him out with other dogs. I know he likes them; I used to take him to doggie daycare and apparently he was quite the rambunctious pooch. Eventually he loosens up, but doesn't venture too far away even then. He is my shadow. If there was a circle of fire in between Popper and I, he would not hesitate to walk across it to get to me. I've been trying stays by holding up a treat (he knows Look At Me) and backing away, even just a foot. That's all the farther I can get. If I try any farther, he does not hesitate to break the stay and plop down at my feet again. I've tried telling him no and resetting him, I've tried doing nothing and resetting him, I'm kind of at a loss. It wasn't important for him to stay AWAY from me before so I admit I did not work overly hard on it (we don't really ever use stay at our house... wait, but not stay), but for the past few weeks I am trying to get more distance and it's just not happening. I'd be happy with a ten second stay at this point. He's plenty smart, he just doesn't see the benefit of being left at a distance. Is there another way that I can do it? Maybe with my fiance helping? Suggestions welcomed. He is very praise motivated, much more so that food.