Okay so I know I've been bragging about tiny accomplishments with Zekers lately, but I just had to share. Sooo, I've done a little bit of work with an advanced stay with him. As a pup he had a stay down relatively well--it just kind of clicked with him. But, that was before his tennis ball obession. I used body-blocking for the first time to teach a stay with him, and it went perfectly. That was about three months ago. Now, my tennis ball obsessed boy will hold a stay when I throw a tennis ball in any direction. A few times it has even rolled right under him, resting underneath his belly, and he's stayed put! :dogtongue2: Also, until recently, "Aaah" meant nothing to him. Once a tennis ball was thrown, the entire world dissipated except for that tennis ball. He was in the zone and there was no turning back. So trying to stop him and get him back in a stay was impossible. A marathon runner is not fast enough to body block him if he's going after a tennis ball. He's a speedster. And I wasn't going to use corrections...even if I wanted to, they wouldn't do any good with him. But with lots of patience and work, he now understands that "aaah"/"ah-ah" means you have to stop whatever you're doing and wait for Mom to give the okay. So now, if he happens to break his stay, a gentle "Ahh" will get him back in place and waiting as patiently as possible. "Watch me" wasn't getting anywhere...but now we're kind of shaping a watch. When in a stay, he's started looking to me for the okay rather than keeping his eyes locked on the tennis ball barely listening. So we're kind of working that into a watch. YIPPEE!