Australian Cattle Dog
Teaching Your Dog To Stay
"Stand" is one of the elemental commands that the American Kennel Club (AKC) requires for its Companion Dog diploma. It is formally known as Stand for Examination and your canine must not move an inch while the judge examines his body.
At first sight, the "Stand" does not seem a command for pet dogs. You might, perhaps, decide to skip it. But before you do, here's what it may be used for should you teach it. The "Stand" is a nice piece of discipline to have when you want to groom. "Stand" is good when you want to cancel
out the sit on rainy days, when there's mud under the dog, or when it's too chilly for your canine to sit. Also, you may want your dog to stand for checking normally.
If he's bashful of strangers, not friendly around strangers or skittish, having people touch him and pet him while he remains standing still is one of the exercises that will help him deal with his shyness. It's also good for photo taking and it is easily taught.
Get your canine standing any way you can; pick him up, make him heel, place your hand under his stomach, saying "Stand", and lift mildly upward. Work in a quiet place, without noise. Be gentle and understanding. Most of all, when your canine sits, do not bellow "No-Stand!" Rather, if your dog was standing and you screamed the first thing it would do would to sit.
Once you get your pet standing, you can pet him or groom him, keeping one hand under his gut and repeating the word "Stand" in a soothing tone.
Try this exercise for about five minutes a day, using this time to brush your dog, pet him, or speak to him. A great time to practice this is after you return from an outdoor session. In about seven days, your dog will gladly stand on the floor and perhaps even in the bathtub.
Now that your dog has learned to stand, next you brush him, when you finish one side of your animal, tell him "Turn around" and gently turn him with your hands so that he faces the opposite
direction he had been. Then, say, "Good dog" or "Smart dog" while brushing this far side.
There are other bonuses to training your dog. As you can see, the more you practice with him, the faster he can learn. Once he has the basics down, many new orders, games and tricks will be learned much easier. Even the complex actions that take time will take less time than they might
have. Likewise, the more your dog learns, the more pleasure there will be in the whole education process for you and your pet. The key to it all is to systematically teach him how to learn. Then, anything is possible.