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The Importance of the Stay

While not as obvious as Sit or Lie Down, Stay may very well be the most important command your dog learns. After all, there will likely be times you want your dog to remain where he is, such as when a new guest arrives at the door. But there may be times when knowing the Stay command can save your dog's life. Imagine if he starts to chase a ball into a busy street, or begins running after a dangerous animal. At any rate, Stay should be taught as soon as possible, and practiced frequently.

Prerequisites
While it's important to teach Stay early, let's stop and think for a moment. From the human perspective, we think of "stay" as "freeze," or "don't move." And ultimately, you want you dog to understand it the same way. However, don't expect that right away. Dogs see things more literally that we do, so it's easier to teach Stay as an extension of another command, like Sit. Once your dog understands the idea of Stay after he has responded to Sit (the "sit-stay"), you can branch out into the "down-stay," and finally the standing stay. You would have a much harder time if you started with the standing stay, which is typically the toughest one to master. Generally, though, once your dog grasps the standing stay, he has understood that "stay" is universal.

So, make sure your dog has learned to sit on command, then move on to the Stay.
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Featured Breed -

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd At a Glance
Recognized By AKC, CanKC, UKC, CKC, KCUK, FCI
Country of Origin United States
Life Expectancy 13 - 15 yrs
Height Range 20 - 23 in (M); 18 - 21 in (F)
Weight Range 50 - 65 lbs (M); 40 - 55 lbs (F)
Colors Red, Red Merle, Blue Merle, Black; with or without white markings, with or without tan/copper points
Trainability Excellent. Natural for obedience.
With Children Very good
With Animals Good
Climate Tolerates cold well
Indoor/Outdoor Enjoys indoor compaionship but needs lots of outdoor room
Exercise Reqd High. Needs plenty of outdoor exercise and interaction
Grooming Reqd Moderate, due to dense coat
Australian Shepherd Information
The founding registry for the breed is the Australian Shepherd Club of America. This organization is responsible for the development of the breed and breed standard, and they maintain their own registry and shows. The ASCA maintains a stringent code of ethics among members, so many respected, reputable breeders will dual-register with both ASCA and AKC.
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
Do you think dogs can read our emotions?
This Week's Question:
What is your dog's favorite game to play?
Totally... they seem to know when we need their affection the most, or when we are in a good mood and want to play.
Joelle from Kinston, NC, USA
I don't think they so much read our emotions as it is them responding to the way we act or when our routines or way of behaving changes, then they notice something is different.
Will from Aberdeen, TX, USA
of course, body movements are words to dogs, our emotions can show all over us...and dogs read that, have great sense of energy
Debi from pilot mtn., NC, USA
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