I often get comments on this blog, on the streets and in our travels about 'R' Blood on the Tracks Boys amazing "stay." Usually, the first thing I blurt out is "it's not easy!" I also joke that it takes a lot of treats. And at first it does. One of the ways the dogs got so good at the "stay" command was training and practice for their Canine Good Citizenship Tests. So it was no surprise when I received August's Pet360 newsletter I was instantly drawn to one of the articles titled "Turning Your Pet Into A Canine Good Citizen."
Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley all did well at learning their "stay" commands with distractions in obedience classes but an out of sight "stay" was very difficult for Wilhelm. After Tynan died, Wilhelm developed severe separation anxiety so the out of sight "stay" was extremely stressful for him. We had to work it slowly in less stressful environments like at home. Wilhelm continues to need more work on remembering his "stay" than Brychwyn and Huxley.
All three dogs and I took the Canine Good Citizenship Test last summer, and even though