Black Labrador and Golden Retriever services dogs practice their "Sit' Stats" on the grass

Sit Stays

Something important for service dogs to learn, actually important for all dogs, is the “Sit (or down), stay” command. This is where the dog lays down or goes into a sit position and stays there while you walk away about six to eight feet out of sight until you give the release command and they can come to you. This is a difficult task for ant dog to learn, but especially difficult for a service dog. Some of you pet owners know how your dog gets when you’re away from them, imagine how bad their separation anxiety would be if they were used to being with you 24/7! Keeping that in mind, it’s remarkable that they can stay there and fight those feelings of anxiety that whole time!