Stand Stay for Petting and Grooming

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Once your dog knows the stand command, it is time to add the stay to the stand.

Have two pieces of food in your right hand. Kneel beside him, especially if he is small. Use one piece of food to lure him into a standing position. Give him one treat. Keep him standing, and place the second treat an arm's length away as you tell him to stay. When he has stayed for a second, pick up the food and give it to him while he is staying. Praise and release. This is just like the way you taught him to do a sit-stay, so he may be confused at first and keep sitting. Be patient. Keeping your hand under his belly at first will prevent him from sitting.

Once he can stand and stay, introduce petting and grooming. When you first ask someone to pet him, kneel beside your dog and have your hands on his collar and stomach to steady him. Have a treat out in front of him to give him something to focus on. Have your helper just touch his head. Build up to having him stand for a thorough body examination, running your hands down his back and legs, without your having to hold him. Brush him when he is in a stand-stay and insist he stay. And don't forget to use your stand-stay when at the veterinarian. He or she will be very appreciative!

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