Stopping the Dog – Parts One, Two & Three take a detailed look at the problems surrounding the stop (or wait, or lie down, or whatever command you choose). They explain why your dog doesn’t want to stop, and what you can do to make it more likely that the dog will obey your stop command when you give it.
We also look at situations that occur, or that you can create, where the dog is most likely to obey you. And, when all else fails, how to catch your dog (and why it’s important to let it go again).
Every handler wants a dog that stops on command, and a dog that will “stay put” is a real bonus, but when you have a keen youngster is it possible to achieve that elusive “good stop” without undermining the dog’s confidence?
As with so many problems that arise as the dog makes progress, the answer lies in a good foundation and not skimping on the early exercises. If you secure a good stop when the dog is working closely to you, you can gradually increase the distance between yourself, the dog and the stock. As ever, if it starts to go horribly wrong, it’s Back to Basics.
Watch Stopping the Dog – Parts One, Two & Three in conjunction with How Can I Slow the Dog Down?– looking at how to achieve that invaluable steady and consistent working pace. These tutorials can be found within the STOPPING category in the tutorials library.
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