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Bronze Stay

Bronze 'Stay'

First steps:
"Wait," "stay" and "come." - Time to complete  - 5 mins to half an hour.

These commands allow you to take your dog into the countryside.

Take your dog to a safe area – alone in your backyard or an enclosed field. The lead must be at hand in case of difficulty.

The command:

1. Take your dog to a point (a), say "STAY" and the dog will sit. Walk backwards about 5 yards holding your hand up palm towards the dog. If the dog tries to follow, take it back to point (a).

2. Crouch down saying "COME" and be silly. Your dog will run towards you and when it does so, give loads of praise.

3. Give 'Stay' command and the dog will sit. Walk away with back to dog (5 yards) turn and say 'come'.

If your dog tries to come with you it is good, but this is not part of the trick.

Never be harsh or try to 'negotiate'. You may need to take the dog back to point (a). Repeat until the dog finds it comfortable.

You have now learnt 'stay' and 'come'

Psychology: Now you have figured it is not very glamorous, so you are allowed to look as stupid as necessary to keep your dog's attention and he will love you even more. This is a game for your dog.

Continue to leave your dog at 'stay' for longer distances. Remember, the further away the more expressive your "COME" actions need to be to keep his attention.

Here or Come Here

Here or Come Here

'Here' or 'Come Here'

The command 'here' helps to direct your dog in a sideways movement, so you need to gesture with your hand where 'here' is.

Remember, wherever you walk with your dog it is looking at you for direction.

Psychology: It is reassuring to hear your voice and most dogs want to be near you when you give positive encouragement.

There is not much to say about the “HERE” command, so be liberal with praise when your dog reacts to your voice. Good boy/girl is always welcome to your dogs ears.

Bronze Wait

Bronze Wait

Bronze Wait

I never use the word heel as it is confused with here, a more adaptable command.

“Wait” will tell your dog to stop let you catch up. It can be interchanged with a short high-short low whistle as in Gold Wait.

(I do not believe that the 'Halti' style leads are a good idea, but short leads at about 1.5 metres long are the best.)

Your dog will pull on the lead as it wants to be the lead in your pack. In the wild this is acceptable. Think about dog sled teams, in which the musher wants the dogs to pull and encourages the dogs natural instincts. You are part of your dog's pack and it wants to impress you with it's ability to hunt. (It is after all a wolf in sheepdogs clothing). You will never take this instinct away from the dog – you will damage the dog emotionally if you try.

Psychology: You are only commanding it to wait so that it can work for your pack. You are the Alpha Male/Female and will never give this place to the dog. This position is earned by the dog who provides the food and shelter, so the dog already accepts that.

So, the dog is allowed to be a dog, provided it is safe to do so.

The command:

You are now going to familiarize your dog with the “wait” command. This is best started on lead. Walking with your dog means 10 – 30 mins (minimum) so that the dog can learn to wait whenever asked. You will use this command most of all on and off lead. You will also find that other members of the family will benefit from your diligent training.

You need to keep the dog's head level with the toe of your foot. You can have a loose rein, but with the hand on the dog's side hold the lead so that its head will not be able to go past the toe of your foot.

You will say “wait” when the dog tries to pull ahead. If the dog doesn't act, pull the lead across your front with the opposite hand, while saying “WAIT.”

You will not stop. After all, you need to get where you are going.

The dog will not want to go in front of you so he will hold back.

This method is a friendlier way to train. You will be able to master the “wait” command after a maximum of 10 days, probably sooner.

A Tip: When teaching this command you can walk close to a wall or verge. The dog naturally will want to stop and sniff, so you will allow this. But, please don't allow the dog to pee or defecate outside someone's front door. Take some bags with you, so you can clear up after your dog.



Training Overview

Gold Training

We have some more strenuous activities we will list here. The Gold Training steps are designed for open field work and allow you to control your dog at up to 100 metre distances.

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Silver Training

Silver training colour codes move you up a step to train your dog over medium distances, or steps that inculde more than one command per activity.

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Bronze Training

If you're new to owning a dog, these activities will be right up your street. When you are familiar with the Bronze coloured commands and have completed these training steps, move up a gear and tackle the Silver Training.

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