Stay!

The Stay 1 – LM

The Long Distance Stay

Little Monkey waits while I walk away from her, with my friend and her two dogs. Even ‘splitting the pack’ did not break her stay.

I like this photo with the background of blinding white-light that emphasises just how bright it is here!

The Stay 2 – LM

This photo gives a better indication of how far away I was. Normally we do a longer distance, but I wanted to take a photo; and the very act of moving my arms to do so would make her want to move. I “call” her simply by raising my arm up and down; no words. This works very well over very long distances; especially on a windy day when your voice is carried away; or when you have laryngitis; or suddenly can’t whistle, like Pinocchio!

This is what we do every single time before I let LM run around free. She stays till I ‘call’ her, trots straight up to me, sits down and waits till I release her (stroke on the head, double pat to the side, “OK.”). Then I know she is listening to me and will come back to me any time during the walk, even if she is out of sight and I have to whistle for her.

This is what she did before she had her Walk in the Wild (with the ‘wolf’) in a recent post.

We have come a very long way from when I first got LM and she did not even look at me at all! I have to admit, LM does have some skills now, even if she is a complete Noo Noo!

 

24 thoughts on “Stay!

  1. Key Image Photographers

    Well done LM! Poppy was good at stay as long as she could see me! Being a small dog, when we did they lay down stay at dog training she would always sit up and peep over the bigger dogs to make sure I was still there. I use to cheat and make sure I was somewhere she could see me ha ha ha

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Aw Poppy sounds cute. 🙂
      As LM is anxious, she also prefers to see me when doing a stay among the 30 or so dogs at class! I also make sure she can in that situation. 🙂

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  2. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy

    Choppy is normally good about coming back, but the bunny situation these days (with them everywhere) means she isn’t quite as good as she is other times of the year. I can’t really blame her – it’s very exciting for a dog!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      hahaha Thanks for the vote of confidence Tom, but I think there is a huge difference between training a domestic dog, that only wants to please you, and a Velociraptor, a super intelligent killing machine! 😀

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Aw – I could teach you if you lived closer!
      You start with a one metre stay, that’s all. Then slowly increase the distance to 5 metres. Once you’ve done that, you’ve got it!
      If your dog moves when in a stay, you calmly walk up to him and put him back in position again. It takes time and lots of patience, but is a useful ‘trick’ to have. I often use it on LM when I want to go up to a new anxious dog, without LM.
      Good Luck! 🙂

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