Hi! I’m Melanie McLeroy with Taurus Training
for Expert Village, and we’re going to work with a Bracco Italiano also known as an Italian
setter. And we’re working with the Bracco Italiano, we’re going to teach her to stay.
Now we’ve discovered that she loves this hedgehog. So I’m going to use the hedgehog
as a reward to get her to stay for longer, longer periods of time. We’ll work with
the sit first. Sit, good, now I don’t want to squeak the hedgehog because that would
be too much, but instead, I simply keep her attention with it then I release her before
she gets up. The reason I’m moving around a little bit is to just create some distraction.
She’s doing a very good job. She’s very intent. Okay, good girl, so let her play with
it a little bit, good. I don’t want to take it from her mouth, so I’m glad that she
dropped it. If she did not want to give it up by the way, I would have traded it for
a treat, it worked on the drop command. Good, okay, sit, good. Now the reason I let her
up there and then repeated the command is that she offered the first sit, but I want
to work on the stay. Now, notice that I’m not using the word stay, we don’t use stay
at Taurus Training because it’s really redundant. Your dog should obey your command until you
release them and give them another command. A lot of people like to use the word stay,
if you do, it’s no problem, you can even use a hand signal like this. The visual signals
really help the dog down. Now I’m introducing a few more distractions by moving around,
if she gets up, I’ll use some body language as a correction, ump… try to get her back
where she was, sit, good, and then repeat the command for reinforcement. If you haven’t
already, be sure to check out the pre-training videos on how to give commands. Okay, so we
have some success teaching this Italian setter how to stay.