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Silver Stay

Silver Stay

Now you will have accomplished the Bronze Stay.

Your eye contact has to be 100% for this extension to Bronze Stay, as the dog is looking at your hand command.

All you need is to raise your palm to your dog and gesture downwards while shouting 'stay'.

Give the 'stay' command and walk away with your back to your dog.

Turn at 10 yards (10m) and call 'COME'   (Do not whistle)   This is a new command which is different from the whistled 'come'.   If you confuse the dog he will take some time to correct.   (I know as I made the same mistake.)

Your dog will come until you say 'STAY.' Allow the dog to sit on its haunches. Then, call 'COME.' Repeat as often as you wish.

Once you have accomplished this you can use the 'stay and 'come' commands as a game with your dog.

Now try Gold Stay.

Silver Wait

Silver Wait

Silver Wait

This trick will enable you to walk in the country with your dog off the lead. Remember the country-side code and keep close control of your dog at all times. If your dog is not behaving off the lead, you are legally obliged to keep it on the lead.

To begin with you will need to make sure the dog is going to return to you without hesitation. You must have completed the 'stay' and 'come' Gold Section.

With the 'wait' command your dog will stop and look back at you. You must be able to call loud enough for him to hear you.

Psychology: Your body language will also be a key factor to your dog and your gestures will have to be exaggerated.

Remember all new commands are fun for your dog and he will want to please you. If you make yourself look exciting to the dog he will always try to do better and that will make you do better as well. This time you need to make sure the dog is walking at about five feet in front (1.5m) and you will just say 'wait' from time to time if the dog is walking too fast. This is all you need to do.

That's Enough

That's enough

'That's enough'

Dogs love attention and they will take it from any person or dog in sight.   This is why we want to keep our dog's attention to make sure the dog understands this command it is necessary to use it when there is no risk.   You need to start by using the dog's name as well, to strengthen the command.

It may be used if your dog barks.   If the dog does not respond you must continue – but louder and with a hard tone.  

Listen:  Bonnie, that's enough.

When your dog responds you must reward it with a rub and clap and make the dog feel important because it has responded well.

Your dog will always respond as you are letting him know you are pleased that he did bark.  The barking dog shows his owner that he is alert, ready to protect his pack, the owner and friends or family.

Slowly

Slowly

Slowly

How does a person get a dog to walk slowly?   All the tips on this site are intended to achieve results regardless of whether the dog is on or off the lead.   You should have a verbal relationship as well as a visual one with your dog.

What is the difference between the 'wait' command and 'slowly' command?

You must make your commands fit with what you would say to a 2-3 year old child if you walk in the town without a rein.   You want the child to learn the difference between your instructions.   It is no different from training your dog.

Most commands are negative but 'slowly' is positive as you need the dog to continue.   So when you give the command it must be a positive inflection in your face and voice.   A higher pitch than 'wait.'

It comes gradually and you must be consistent.

In town when Bonnie comes to a corner between two streets she knows that 'slowly' means meander to the corner and stop.   Any other instruction such as 'stop' or 'wait' must be avoided in the process of training.

When you have mastered the command you can use it when you are doing doggy activities.   We have a park about 12 miles away which has a dog adventure, so the 'slowly' command when learnt can be used freely in this situation.

Leave it

Leave It

'Leave it'

You are walking in the park or street and another dog is over the other side of the road or further away.   The owner and dog are walking to meet you.

You need to prevent your dog from getting hurt by an aggressive dog, or frighten the owner when it bounds over.

This is a stern command and lets your dog know it is not in charge and must be your servant.

You may need to repeat 'leave it' every few seconds to make your dog concentrate on you and not the other dog.

Listen   'Leave it'

You can also use the command 'that's enough' as well as 'leave it'.

Psychology: Remember, an obedient dog is a happy dog – happy to be a member of your pack.

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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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