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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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Flat-Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin Great Britain
Life Expectancy 7 - 9 yrs
Height Range 22 - 24.5 in
Weight Range 55 - 70 lbs
Colors Solid black or liver
Trainability Highly trainable although easily bored. Training sessions should be kept short and fun and with a light hand
With Children Flat-Coated Retrievers are excellent with children, although no dog should be left unattended with children
With Animals They do well with a variety of other pets
Climate Tolerates moderate heat and cold well
Indoor/Outdoor They do best living indoors with their family and playing outdoors
Exercise Reqd High. Flat-Coated Retrievers require ample exercise with some burn off to be at their best behavior.
Grooming Reqd Brushing as needed and trimming of the feathering on ears and legs
Flat-Coated Retriever Information
The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in Great Britain in the late 1800's with the advent of the breachcock shotgun requiring a need for a faster retriever. Dogs used in developement were Setters, Spaniels, Collie, St. John's Water Dog, and Wavy Coated Retriever. The Flat-Coated Retriever was deveoped from the start to be a dual-purpose breed as both a working retriever and show dog. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a medium sized active dog that shows power without lumber and raciness without weediness. They are natural retrievers and make an excellent family companion hunting retriever for upland game as well as waterfowl. (They love water.) Flat-Coated Retrievers are slow to mature and often carry on their enthusiam for life (exhibited by a constant wagging tail) and playfullness into their late years. Flat-Coated Retrievers should be trained early with a "light" hand and consistency. They are eager to please but do not respond well to harsh punishment. If left un-trained and un-attended the Flat-Coat could develope into a destructive dog. Being a retriever they like to carry things in their mouths and need plenty of toys to chew. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a family/companion working retriever that is at it's best with family interaction and a job to do. With the proper traing and family interaction the Flat-Coated Retriever will make an excellent addition to the family.

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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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