Completing the "Stand" course means you have the basics down, but you're work is far from over.

There are a couple places you can go from here:

Growing Your Stand

Get into a stand from a down position

This course has focused on going from a sit to a stand. Can your pup go from a down to a stand? The idea is similar but it's just different enough that it might create some confusion for your pup. Give it a try, see if your pup already gets it or if it's something you need to spend more time working on.

Practice stand with distractions

For starters, you could work on a basic stand in the face of distractions. A good place to begin is making a list of distractions for your dog, and actively seeking them out so you can practice your stands. Does your pup go crazy with other dogs around? If you ask for a stand when another dog is around does he give you one? Like with most things, start with the easiest distractions and work your way up.

Practice sit in other environments

This goes along with the above idea, but you need to practice asking for a stand in other environments. Doing it inside is one thing, but how about in your backyard? What if you're at the park? How about at the coffee shop?

Related Harper courses


Maybe you're ready to tackle the full stay course. The Stay covers holding a stay in the most common positions—sit, down, and stand—and gives you a formula for progressing from a short stay to a long stay in the face of distractions.


Once your pup can sit, down, and stand, it's probably time to move onto things other than positions. Place is not only a great skill to have in your repertoire, it also opens up lots of other fun possibilities. For example, once your pup can go to a place on cue, you can take the game of Hide & Seek to a whole new level.