Features November 2012 Issue

Stay Happy

A solid stay demonstrated by Elizabeth Adamec, of Sweet Wag Dog Training, near Boston, MA, and her dog, Truman.

Stay Happy

Teach your dog a rock-solid “stay” – without leash jerks, threats, or yelling.

It’s 6 a.m., and barely beginning to get light outside. I trudge to the barn with Bonnie at my side to join my husband Paul, who has already started barn chores with the rest of the dogs. On the way, I stop to pick up empty feed pans from the horses, who have finished their morning grain. I cue Bonnie to sit, and stay, so my energetic dark-colored dog doesn’t disappear into the blackness. I enter the pasture, pick up the pans, and just as I move back toward the gate, I see Bonnie’s ears prick and eyes light up in excited anticipation as she looks to my left.

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