Re: Why use the "stay" command?
That's what's required in SchH, where there is no use of Stay.
I doubt there is any need for stay, if OB is solid enough. AKC OB uses a stay, most pet owners use one, but it's simply not needed if OB is to the point where the dog won't break unless
Hand signals are also not used in SchH, are considered handler help and cost points in trial. While they are useful because dogs read body language better than words, and they provide both a remote and silent command structure, they are not allowed in SchH.
So depending upon what your goals are, use them or not, there is no right or wrong about it, and you can do both. When my pup was young, we did stay & hand signals. After we started up in SchH,
I used German words to help me stop using hand signals and stay. The dog learned the difference, probably quicker than I did!
For consistency sake, had I known we were going to do SchH, I might have done it differently, but I am not sorry he now knows what stay or hand signals mean and yet also knows Sitz and Plotz
means until he hears something else.
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