How do I Teach Emergency Down or Stay
I'm getting old and forgetful. I know the importance of this command first hand - it saved a previous Golden's, Amber's life.
We lived across from a park that had busy streets on 3 sides with no fencing. In the middle was a big field the kids played in. Amber loved to play with the neighborhood kids, especially kick ball - that had one of those red real bouncy balls. She would heard it by bouncing it off her chest and direct it with her nose. She loved the game. She would retiieve it for them or get in the middle of a keep away game. On one occasion the ball got away from the kids and headed for the street - with Amber chasing it. As she hit the sidewalk I realized she was not stopping and was able to yell down or stay (dont remember) and she stopped dead in her tracks while the ball went into the street and was hit by a car.
I vaguely remember (this was 35 years ago) training her by having her be in a long sit while I went across the yard, then calling her and shouting "Down or Stay" at some point in her recall. Is this still the proper method?
As I teach Emma I want to be working on an emergency down, or stay - something I can shout at a distance to have Emma stop dead in her tracks, no matter what she is doing.
She is just past 13 weeks now and really starting to pick up on the training. Still a lot of distractions, but starting to pay attention.
Any help or links would be appreciated.
Thanks - Keith