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The Importance of the Stay

While not as obvious as Sit or Lie Down, Stay may very well be the most important command your dog learns. After all, there will likely be times you want your dog to remain where he is, such as when a new guest arrives at the door. But there may be times when knowing the Stay command can save your dog's life. Imagine if he starts to chase a ball into a busy street, or begins running after a dangerous animal. At any rate, Stay should be taught as soon as possible, and practiced frequently.

Prerequisites
While it's important to teach Stay early, let's stop and think for a moment. From the human perspective, we think of "stay" as "freeze," or "don't move." And ultimately, you want you dog to understand it the same way. However, don't expect that right away. Dogs see things more literally that we do, so it's easier to teach Stay as an extension of another command, like Sit. Once your dog understands the idea of Stay after he has responded to Sit (the "sit-stay"), you can branch out into the "down-stay," and finally the standing stay. You would have a much harder time if you started with the standing stay, which is typically the toughest one to master. Generally, though, once your dog grasps the standing stay, he has understood that "stay" is universal.

So, make sure your dog has learned to sit on command, then move on to the Stay.
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Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin Mysterious - most likely China
Life Expectancy 12 years
Height Range 8 - 11 in ideal
Weight Range 3 - 12 lbs
Colors Black & white; sable & white (incl. all shades like lemon); Tri (black & white with tan points)
Trainability Want very much to please you but can have a stubborn streak. Need to be motivated to do what you want them to do
With Children Great with children. Supervise with small children to prevent injury to dog.
With Animals Excellent. Fine with cats and most other breeds of dogs
Climate Does not tolerate extreme heat
Indoor/Outdoor Indoor. Japanese Chin are not an outdoor dog
Exercise Reqd Very little. They are basically couch potatoes
Grooming Reqd Brush-and-go breed. No matting; no clipping required
Japanese Chin Information
Japanese Chins bond very closely to their families. Often, they will become your shadow, following you from room to room. They are very quick to read you moods and adjust well to them. They were bred to be 'catlike' and are very clean, often batting things with their paws. They also like to be up high...like the back of a sofa and adore sunshine and will sit on or near a window sill and bask in the sun, though curled up on your lap is their favorite place. They are quiet peaceful dogs that require little exercise. They love to travel with you and put up well with all the attention they draw from people unfamiliar with Chin. They are very gentle, and do not enjoy any rough- housing. They can also be very 'clownish' and will keep you amused with their antics. Very intelligent dogs. At one time, only the Royals were permitted to own a Chin. They would often have someone who's job was to care for the Chin. They were pampered and adored. Today, it is much the same. Chin are dogs that need to be loved and pampered. They make an excellent 'apartment' dog, and can easily be wee wee pad trained. Healthy breed. Can have some problems associated with all small breeds such as cataracts and luxating patella's. Their coats are very easy to maintain, and most love to be brushed and groomed.

Information courtesy of Bedoka Japanese Chin
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
What's the coolest dog name you ever heard?
This Week's Question:
Do you think dogs can read our emotions?
We met a couple at the pet supply store who's dog was named ""Ed."" You know a dog named Ed is gonna be cool!
Ed from Ft Worth, TX, USA
I think the coolest dog name EVER is ""Strudel."" Probably has to be a German dog, though, like a German Shepherd.
Callie from Ann Arbor, MI, USA
I have heard some good ones over the years but I rather like my own. Three of them are Veruca, Sweeney (Todd) and Ellen Degeneres.
Jessica from Hawley, PA, USA
Riverstead's Mad Dog Skull Cap ""Deogie pronounced D.O.G.
Anonymous from Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
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allan from bangalore, karnataka, India
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