In an earlier post, barn crew member Catherine talked about the usefulness of the "go to place" command. Another useful command for your pooch to master that goes hand-in-hand with the "go to place" command is - the "LONG Down-Stay".
If you enjoy meeting friends at outdoor cafes that allow well behaved pooches, then mastery of these two commands can make it possible for your beloved pet to participate too. Free outdoor concerts, picnics in the park, chats with the neighbors, and even having visitors in the home - all of these activities can also include your pooch if he or she has mastered the "LONG Down-Stay" challenge. And as your pooch learns to master this challenge, you can extend the time until he or she is able to maintain the position even up to an hour or more.
The barn dogs recently took the "LONG Down-Stay" challenge with some photo-worthy results. Since there was a lot still to do that evening, we set the goal at five minutes.
First up - Captain Spanky.
Nice form, great eye contact. The Captain stayed in position for the full five minutes of this exercise. All that practice during his vacation really shows here - great job Spanklestein!
But OK, the Spankster is a mellow kinda guy so let's see how well this goes with our more active girls.
Next up to the mat, the ever wiggly oh so cute, Patsy the Pup - let's see how she manages.
Well O.K - she is down, she is staying, and she hung in there (barely) for the full five minutes. BUT, little Patsy's attention wandered everywhere! She looked at the ants on the porch, she saw a grasshopper in the grass, she had to look at something that flew by, she wiggled and squiggled on the mat while still in the down position - but by golly, she made it!
Then came pretty little Jondi.
A 5 minute long down-stay? No problem for this red-head!
But hmmmm - what's that I see? Yes, we have a creeper! This clever girl stayed down but began to slowly creep forward. Jondi spent most of the time wistfully gazing into the yard at something much more interesting. But hey, she did it...and this isn't about form, right?
Last pooch to the mat is sweet Star - our energetic bouncy tomboy.
Do you see that look of concentration as Star prepares for this challenge? The furrowed brow and poised paws?
OK, here we go!
Look at that form!
Look at that focus!
Check out that shy smile of pride as Star maintains her position and.stays.in.a.LONG.down. for the full five minutes!!!
Well done, Star - well done.
And just to prove that she mastered this command, here's another pic of Star doing an additional bonus three minutes.
You go girl! Thanks for showing how it's done Star - stellar job.
Yup, all of the barn dogs earned their treats tonight - well done doggies, well done.