Performing the “Stand!” Command is necessary when the dog participates in competitions and exhibitions, and also practices during grooming, putting on special “ammunition” and veterinary examination.
The first way. Use two leashes, one of which is fastened to the jerk chain around the dog’s neck, and the other is belted by the dog’s “waist” in front of the hind limbs. Give the command “Near!” And walk along with the dog a few steps. Then make a half turn to the left and give the command “Stand!”, Then pull the ends of both leashes in such a way that they support the dog in this position. Praise if the pet has obediently stopped. Keep in mind that this method can irritate aggressive and choleric dogs, especially males, who feel the pressure of the second leash ring near the genitals. The dog may begin to twist, grab an improvised girth with his teeth, or simply refuse to work, constantly sitting back with offendedly tucked tail.
The second way. Starting position – the dog sits at the trainer’s left foot. Make a half turn to the left, give the command “Stand!” And lift the dog with your left hand let down under the belly. Pull the leash with your right hand, keeping the animal from stepping in place. As soon as the dog gets up, praise her, encouraging stroking the back and sides.
The third way. The dog sitting to your left can be taught to rise quickly if you gently push it under the belly with your toe.
Attention! Never beat a dog in the stomach with a foot (this is fraught with serious injuries), but only touch it slightly, forcing the animal to stand up.
A steady conditioned reflex to maintain a forced posture is produced in the process of daily cleaning of the dog. In case the animal tries to sit down or lie down, the trainer quickly corrects his posture by giving the command “Stand!” In orderly intonation.
Another option for the “Stand!” Command is the ability of a dog to stop at a place while moving. Practicing this skill is carried out in the course of dynamic training sessions for the team “Near!”. At first, move at a slow pace and, giving the command “Stand!”, Pull the leash towards you. Do not pull, but pull, forcing the dog to stop. Further, praise her verbally, but do not touch your hands, as the animal may begin to show great joy and the attitude to work will be lost. In contrast, soothingly stroking on the back should be timid doggie, which any correction with a lead is perceived as the discontent of the owner.
If the dog is trying to sit down, lift it with your left hand under the belly. If such “unauthorized” sitting is repeated again and again, use two leashes, putting them on the dog as described above. Moving along the route, give the command “Stand!” And pull the first leash. If the dog tries to sit down without permission, pull on the second leash, forcing it to maintain the desired stance. Gradually force the animal to stop instantly, moving at a fast pace and even on the run. In the process of practicing the skill, ensure that the dog obediently gets up from any position, stops during the execution of various movements, as well as in an environment with various distracter stimuli.
If you are going to exhibit your dog at exhibitions, you can introduce an element of exhibition training – the “Stand!” Command, forcing the animal to stand in front of the expert for a long time in the pose that is provided by the breed standard.