Teaching your dog to stand (Day 17 of the Dog Training in 21 Days Challenge)

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We've been running a challenge on Instagram this month based on our Dog Training in 21 Days course! Day 17 is teaching stand. This is an often-overlooked behavior that is a great thing to teach both because it'll hone your training chops and also because it'll keep your dog from just guessing that after you ask for a sit you usually want a down, and vice versa. Sometimes... you're going to want a different stationary behavior! You might also want a dog to stand during grooming, or if you're ever doing any kind of commercial work or modeling with a dog, or if you're in the dog show world.

Jump in and join the challenge on Instagram! Tag @schoolforthedogs!

Get the full Dog Training in 21 Days course free through 4/30 at http://schoolforthedogs.com/dt21days. Use code DT21DAYS at checkout.

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Partial Transcript:

Annie:

So this guy goes to a dog trainer with a dog who he says has separation anxiety. And he says, the weird thing is when we leave, when he cries, it sounds like Toyota. And the trainer says, you know, that’s actually not that unusual. Tell me when you come home and he farts, what does that sound like? And the dog owner is like, actually, when we come home and he farts and it sounds like Ppppprius. And the trainer says, well that is strange. Usually absence makes the fart go Honda.

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Annie:

Frequent listeners will know that we are in the middle of running our Dog Training in 21 days challenge on Instagram. It is based on our on demand Dog Training in 21 Days course, which you can get for free, the whole thing, either by following along on Instagram, through April 21st. Or you can just get the whole course at once at schoolforthedogs.com/DT21days, use code DT21 days at checkout. And you can get it for free, between now and the end of the month.

And tomorrow’s challenge is teaching a stand. And teaching stand is one of my favorite behaviors to teach for a few reasons. For one thing, dogs stand all the time.. Pretty much as often as they’re sitting or lying down, those are usually the three big stable, non-movement based behaviors dogs engage in. And while it’s very common to teach sit and down, stand often gets left out, but it’s useful for so many reasons.

Sometimes you need a dog to be standing for whatever reason. Especially, you know, I’ve done a fair bit of commercial work, and that’s certainly a time when you might want a dog who not only knows how to stand, but can stand on a mark, can stand for a duration, whatever length of time you want the dog to stand for. Like stand, stay.

Certainly in the world of show dogs, quite important to have a dog who knows to stand and stay. Although in my experience, this is not usually a behavior that’s given any kind of specific verbal or visual cue by the human, but it certainly could be.

Full transcript available at SchoolfortheDogs.com/Podcast

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