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Owner: Anne Zononi   Photo: Mark Picard

Abbie is an 8 year old red merle that I've owned since she was 12 weeks old. She is my "go everywhere, do everything" best buddy. She loves hiking, kayaking, camping or simply snuggling with me for a nap. During the autumn when we hike, she has to wear a bright orange bandana... as you can see, she blends in with the color of the leaves!

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Basic Training Commands –
About Wait and Stay

There are two slightly different commands used for getting your dog to sit in one place and not follow you: the Wait and the Stay. Let's look at how to teach each of them and their different uses.

Here's the essential difference between these two: when you use the Stay command, you're telling your dog you want him to stay in the exact spot where he's sitting. With the Wait command, you're simply telling him not to follow you past a certain point – for example, not to cross a road or walk through a door. With the Wait command, he can wander around as much as he likes as long as he doesn't come through the door or step into the street. Stay is a fairly simple command and it's useful for most situations – Wait is a bit more advanced and not strictly necessary.

Both these commands obviously have very practical applications. If you want to take your dog out of the house off leash, you'll need to at least have drilled the Stay to the point where you have enough verbal control to stop your dog in his tracks until you tell him to move.

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If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.

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