A good "sit-stay" will prevent a ton of dog problems. It should be an iron clad command. I've been raising the difficulty level with my pooch....distance (give the command from further and further away)....distractions (I'll cue her and then run past her clapping and waving a bone in her face)..duration (I want her to hold the position for three minutes) Today, I cued her, from about 25 feet away, to sit-stay on the deck...I went back in the house, came back with a cooking pot...which I threw way up in the air so that it CLANGED down about 10 feet away from her. I did this a few more times...threw the pot higher, clapped my hands when it hit the deck...etc... She didn't even flinch. Good dog. Jackpot reward. A few minutes later she trotted past me carrying a bird that looked like it has been dead for a while... as if to say.. "Hey buddy, this is what I think of your sit-stay" or perhaps she wanted to practice "sit-stay" with the bird just to show me that she's a better trainer than me. "You wanna see a 'sit-stay'?? Watch this!"