Stand for Exam and Heeling

Two of the most critical things for Chase to learn at the moment.. before he goes into Novice to get his CD in Obedience, is the Stand for Exam and Heeling.

The Stand for exam is so hard for him. Hard, because he loves people! Which actually says a lot for him. When he was found in the parking lot of the pound in Utah County, he would approach no one. He was afraid, and that is why they named him Chase. And when he came to stay with us, he wouldn’t come to us either for a long time. Now, it’s hard to tear this boy off of a person. So probably he liked people, but was too afraid.

Anyway so the Stand for Exam is hard for him because he gets all wiggle butt and wants to say hi to the person approaching him. Well, my obedience instructor came up with a great solution! He knows a perch box, he loves putting his feet, front or back, and he’ll offer either or both, on a box. So we have him do that, I put him in a stand, stay, walk away, and the examiner comes and touches him.

Wow! Giving him that perch box to put his feet on is helping already! He now is learning this is an exercise, instead of just people saying hi and petting him. Already, after only doing it a half a dozen times, he’s getting it!

Also his heeling. It is coming along. When there is a treat on the stick he heels beautifully. He doesn’t understand to keep watching me, though, when the treat goes away. So we are working on that, too. I am working a Look command with him so he can sit and look at me. And I will transfer that into the moving heel.

Training with him on Monday was a ton of fun. His Go Outs are also doing very well, he’s starting to spin and sit. I didn’t write about this before because I was still stunned.. well, you can read my post from Monday, I am trying not to think about it anymore. Sometimes I just want to look at hot tubs, buy one, and sit and relax and blog. Can you blog from a hot tub? They need to make waterproof laptops.

20 thoughts on “Stand for Exam and Heeling”

  1. Here’s another tip for Stand for exam… before you give the stay command, put your dog in “pack” drive by what I call “setting his shoulders”.. put your open hand on the shoulder blades as if you were to grab his neck but lower and gently push down a few times… I can’t explain it.. I’d have to demo it for you…

    anyway, it sort of helps “set them” and with your touch you are reminding them that you are the pack leader and that they are safe to listen to you.

    Fuzzy Logic’s last blog post..Egg-Head

  2. Here's another tip for Stand for exam… before you give the stay command, put your dog in "pack" drive by what I call "setting his shoulders".. put your open hand on the shoulder blades as if you were to grab his neck but lower and gently push down a few times… I can't explain it.. I'd have to demo it for you… anyway, it sort of helps "set them" and with your touch you are reminding them that you are the pack leader and that they are safe to listen to you. <em>Fuzzy Logic's last blog post..<a href='http://blog.sacredpaws.org/?p=336&#039; rel="nofollow">Egg-Head</a></em>

  3. Here's another tip for Stand for exam… before you give the stay command, put your dog in "pack" drive by what I call "setting his shoulders".. put your open hand on the shoulder blades as if you were to grab his neck but lower and gently push down a few times… I can't explain it.. I'd have to demo it for you… anyway, it sort of helps "set them" and with your touch you are reminding them that you are the pack leader and that they are safe to listen to you. <em>Fuzzy Logic's last blog post..<a href='http://blog.sacredpaws.org/?p=336&#039; rel="nofollow">Egg-Head</a></em>

  4. Blogging from the hot tub!!! Now WHY didn’t I think of that!!!! Sounds right up my alley!

    Is stand for showing the same thing as stacking? My guys would have a hard time standing still too… they want to play, wiggle butt and get belly rubs from anyone that walks by.

    Chase sounds like he is sooo smart!

    Lora’s last blog post..Blog

  5. Blogging from the hot tub!!! Now WHY didn't I think of that!!!! Sounds right up my alley! Is stand for showing the same thing as stacking? My guys would have a hard time standing still too… they want to play, wiggle butt and get belly rubs from anyone that walks by. Chase sounds like he is sooo smart! <em>Lora's last blog post..<a href='http://pawspark.blogspot.com/2007/12/blog.html&#0…rel="nofollow">Blog</a></em>

  6. Blogging from the hot tub!!! Now WHY didn't I think of that!!!! Sounds right up my alley! Is stand for showing the same thing as stacking? My guys would have a hard time standing still too… they want to play, wiggle butt and get belly rubs from anyone that walks by. Chase sounds like he is sooo smart! <em>Lora's last blog post..<a href='http://pawspark.blogspot.com/2007/12/blog.html&#0…rel="nofollow">Blog</a></em>

  7. Hi Lora, stacking is in the show ring, but it’s kinda the same thing. Levi has a great stand for exam because he was a show dog so he’s used to it. Basically you stand your dog, walk 6 feet away, and the judge comes and touches the dog head to tail, then you go back. Pretty similar to conformation. In conformation Collies generally self stack, instead of other breeds where people place their four feet into a stack.

  8. Hi Lora, stacking is in the show ring, but it's kinda the same thing. Levi has a great stand for exam because he was a show dog so he's used to it. Basically you stand your dog, walk 6 feet away, and the judge comes and touches the dog head to tail, then you go back. Pretty similar to conformation. In conformation Collies generally self stack, instead of other breeds where people place their four feet into a stack.

  9. We start with a “sit for examination” and teach stand as a seperate excercise…then we put them together…. It all depends on whether they understand “stay” or not!!

    Heeling…try holding a treat in your right hand and giving it as a reward instead of a “bribe.” I remind them where heel position is and randomly treat when they’re IN it…that gets them pretty focused.

    Boy you got a lot going in!!!!
    best of luck
    e

  10. We start with a "sit for examination" and teach stand as a seperate excercise…then we put them together…. It all depends on whether they understand "stay" or not!!

    Heeling…try holding a treat in your right hand and giving it as a reward instead of a "bribe." I remind them where heel position is and randomly treat when they're IN it…that gets them pretty focused.

    Boy you got a lot going in!!!!
    best of luck
    e

  11. Hiya e! Good ideas about the stay and the stand. Chase was doing a sit for exam and he’s starting to graduate to the stand. 🙂 Teaching Tatum the stay is proving to be a long process!

  12. Hiya e! Good ideas about the stay and the stand. Chase was doing a sit for exam and he's starting to graduate to the stand. 🙂 Teaching Tatum the stay is proving to be a long process!

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