Stand-by? Stand and Wait? Base Position?
What is it?
You know when you see those dogs that offer everything, dancing feet, and never slow down enough to actually “listen”? You know the dogs that sniff there way back to you after eating the tossed treat?
Here is your solution. Train the wait and listen. Teach the dog what you expect after eating that treat. For me, I want an orientate to the handler, make eye contact and be still. This is for obedience, in tracking and in protection, where the emphasis is not on me, I want a different type of standby.
I’m going to steal the term “COLLAR GIVES” from my colleague Sarah Stremming because I think it better describes the skill of teaching the dog to push their neck into your hand on cue. That’s what I’m searching for as the end result, a dog that flies into my outstretched hand, with speed and confidence.