The Stay command is used with both the Sit and the Down. When the dog is in either position, tell him "Fido, stay," and show him the flat of your hand as a signal. Take a step or two away while holding onto the leash. Wait a few seconds and then go back and praise him, pop the treat in his

Use a treat in front of the dog's nose to help shape him into a Sit position. Then praise and pop the treat in his mouth. Ben, a Great Pyrenees, owned by Janine Staudt.
Keep one hand on your dog's shoulder as he Sits, and then, with the treat in the other hand, bring his nose down as you tell him, "Fido, down." Cobalt, a Shetland Sheepdog, owned by Dan Townley and Nancy Mueller.

mouth, and release him. If he gets up from the position before you release him, tell him, "No," put him back where he started, and repeat the exercise. Practice a few times in the Sit and a few in the Down, and then take a break. Come back later and do it again.

The Stay should never be released from a distance (don't call your dog from a Stay); instead, always go to your dog. Doing so helps create a reliable Stay that you can eventually (with practice) depend on.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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