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Hi! I’m Melanie McLeroy with Taurus Training for Expert Village and it’s the time to talk about beagles. And finally, we need to teach this beagle how to stay. Now, Bailey has been playing with the hedgehog pretty heavily for the past couple of minutes. So, it’s going to be a little bit more difficult for me to get him to stay now than usual. So, I’m going to go back to my fall back position and let him know I have got some food. He’s offering behaviors beautifully. Now, a lot of people here would use the word stay, we don’t use the word stay at Taurus. The stay is inherent… up, down, good, a lot of things happened there, but I need to stop and explain. First of all, we think that the stay is inherent in the command, when you give your dog a command, that’s what they should do until you say otherwise. Little Bailey is having some trouble here, so I need to go ahead and reinforce him for staying down and he’s cheating just a little bit. So, I’m going to help him. So, there I was in the middle of the sentence, and he broke the down, I said en… which is a no reward marker, which means he did the wrong thing and then I encouraged him to get back down. He wasn’t going down without food as a lure though, so I have to go back to using food as a lure, be patient, because this little dog will be responding to hand signals and then to a verbal before you know it. Now, Bailey is doing a pretty darn good job here, staying down, so I’m going to reinforce him for gradually longer intervals of time of staying. He’s also little distracted by something in the environment. I will slowly introduce him to distractions even just moving him a bit, good, stay down, now there he up, down, there he wanted to get up and he caught himself, which is excellent that’s why I marked that. So, even just standing up, taking a step, these things can be really distracting to these little beagle puppies. But, he’s doing an excellent job, good so this little beagle puppy is learning to stay quite well. I want to release him before he decides to get up on his own. Okay, okay, let’s go, so I sure was lucky there because it looks like I was releasing him when he decided he wanted to get up anyway. So, be patient with your beagle. It’s kind of hard for them to learn how to stay in one place. They’re little wiggly pups most of the time especially when they’re young, but if you’re patient, you’ll have a successful down stay before you know it.