Moving Stand Classroom

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Exercise Discussion

On the judge’s order, the dog and handler will begin heeling forward in a straight line. The dog continues to heel with the handler until commanded by the judge for the handler to stand their dog. The dog must not sit, but remain standing as the handler gives a signal and or verbal for their dog to stand and continues to move forward approximately 10 feet and turn to face their dog. The judge will thoroughly examine the dog, which may include the ears, legs, and tail (no teeth or testicles). On the judge’s command, the handler will call their dog to heel position rather than front as in other exercises.

If your dog understands the novice stand as a stand-stay exercise, this will be a relatively easy exercise to teach. If the novice stand was rushed, or the dog does not understand the stand as a stay exercise, this will be more difficult to teach and perfect. See teaching the “Stand” on my “Building Blocks” page.

The skills your dog needs to know:

Besides heeling, your dog must have:

  • A solid stand without forward movement.
  • A finish from the stand.


My goal on this exercise, is for my dog to do a “kick back” stand. This is where my dog plants his front feet and moves his back feet back to have a solid stance. In addition, my dog should remain focused on my back while I walk away. My dog is to remain in an active state and maintain confident while the judge approaches and exams him. After the exam, my dog will continue his attention on me and returns energetically to heel position.

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Games – Getting the most out of Training

Balance your training between energizing games and rewarding while your dog maintains attention. However, the balance is not always 50/50. Your dog’s attitude and desire to do a skill or exercise will determine what balance you will actually use.

Reminder – to use the 4 ways to reinforce your dog. Since the Moving Stand has a “Finish to heel position” and not a front, I add a 4th way (release forward) to reinforce the stand or get into heel.

  • Go back is where I go back and reward my dog while he remains in position. I use the “slow return/reward” that is demonstrated in the “Building Blocks” section under My “Classes” page.
  • Throw back is when I throw a toy/treat back to my dog as I leave, turn to face my dog, or after my dog has taken the new signaled position.
  • Send back is when I pre-place a toy/treat behind my dog. Hopefully without him knowing that it is there. After a correct response or my dog staying in position, I will send my dog back to the toy/treat with a release “get it”.
  • Release forward in the Moving Stand this would be releasing forward to a toy/treat or doing a finish.

Many dogs find a person approach or exam distracting or negative. When training, reward the stand at various times in relationship to the person doing the exam. Also, I use a variety of ways to reward which includes throwing a treat or releasing my dog to toy/treat while the Exam person is;

  • Approaching my dog
  • Going over my dog
  • Finishing the exam

Examples as an exam person:

  • is approaching my dog, I toss a treat to my dog and release.
  • is starting the exam, I turn and run away while releasing my dog.
  • has her hands on my dog, I release my dog to a toy/treat in my hand.
  • after the exam and is backing away, deliver a slow cookie to reward the stand.

Keep training fun and interesting by mixing up when and what you do!

Video Notes: Koda is learning the Moving Stand in this video. He is being introduced to various games I will use once he is ready and we stat to add the “exam”. I take my time and reward effort and a good lock up stand, i.e. Immediate freezing of motion. I am also using different ways to reward while we are training. NOTE: since Koda is learning the Moving Stand, I am holding my signal so he will associate the hand with the command even though he is in motion.


  • Video doing the Moving Stand and randomly adding games to each skill.
  • Which games are the most fun for you and your dog to play?
  • Did you have any problems?
  • How was your dog’s glove pick up and turn back to you?
  • What do you see that can be improved?

If your dog understands the “kick back” stand as a stay exercise, it will be relatively easy to Sequence the Moving Stand. I always make sure my Signal Novice Stand is perfect and has been proofed, before introducing the Moving Stand to my dog. Teaching your dog the Stand in this manner will build desire and confidence and will give you a fast prompt stand and stay. Please see the “Stand” class for instruction how to teach the Kick Back Stand.

When sequencing the Moving Stand, begin heeling with your dog in slow pace. Use lots of rewards and praise for effort.


  • Heel forward with your dog in slow pace. Stand your dog and pivot close in front. Praise and reward your dog.
  • Stand your dog as in a Novice Stand. Leave a short distance. Have a helper begin an exam. Toss a treat/toy to your dog and release.
  • Heel your dog forward in a slow pace. Stand your dog and continue forward a few feet. Turn quickly and toss a treat/toy to your dog and praise.
  • Stand your dog as in a Novice Stand. Have your helper do a short exam. Call your dog to heel BUT as your dog is coming to you, run away and greet your dog with play or “KrazyKookie” game when he catches you.

While teaching this exercise make sure your heeling remains animated and lively. Don’t forgo your criteria at any time when teaching the Moving Stand.

Video Notes: The Moving Stand sequencing is being trained in this video. We use foundation games to reward our dog while on the stand by delivering the reward slowly. We watch the heeling to make sure our dog meets criteria. When we start to add a person examining our dog, we use a release while our dog is being examined. This helps to maintain focus and attention and to keep our dog in an “active” state. Next, Suzie and Shamus are working on sequencing the moving stand. In this section, we are working on the approach of the “judge”. Suzie does a great job rewarding and breaking off the exercise with Shamus’s effort and success.


  • Analyze and write down each skill of the Moving Stand Exercise and then document YOUR criteria for each skill. Your criteria and vision should be as detailed as possible.
  • Practice sequencing 2 of the Moving Stand skills together at a time.
  • Is your dog meeting your criteria?
  • Note any areas and problems you are experiencing or would like to improve.
Moving Stand – Typical problems/solutions

Below are the most common mistakes that I see on the Moving Stand Exercise.

Special note: since heeling is a part of this exercise, but not included in this class, PLEASE make sure you NEVER let the criteria of your heeling slip just so you can do a moving stand.

Just like all other exercises, do not let one skill go in a sequence in order to do another.

Your dog continues to move forward after you give a signal/verbal stand.

Few review to do first. Your dog might not understand or forgot to stay while you are moving. See the “Stand” page from My “Building Blocks” Section on the “class” page for teaching and great ways to reward the stand and stay.

Next, reward your dog more in the stand rather than only after the finish. Balancing rewards is important in all aspects for training.

Your dog is confused and keeps sitting when you give a signal to stand.

Review your dog standing while you are in motion. First start heeling in slow pace. Train in different location and elevations, such as a handicap ramp.

Look at the position of your signal.

  • Can your dog see your signal?
  • Is your signal too fast?
  • Is your hand too low?
  • Is your hand signal consistent?
  • Note the signal in photo to the right. The dog is looking up and at the signal.

All these signal variations could be affecting your dog’s stand. Video you and your dog while training and doing signals.

  • What does your signal look like?
  • Is it consistent and out of your dog’s way?

Your dog is moving when someone tries to exam him.

First review foundations on your novice stand for exam and add slow treat rewarding. See the “Stand” classroom to see how I teach the “Stand.” The page also shows how I do the “slow cookie” delivery. A great way to reward the stand position.

Next, be careful about what you do when your dog moves. If you say “no” and correct him, inadvertently you are making the approach or touch of the examiner “hot”. The term “hot” means unpleasant. If my dog moves on an exam, I will use a sit for exam. Once I am sure my dog understands not to move on the sit and is confident, I will start to practice the stand. Never will I do an stand for exam if my dog is unconfident or unfocused.

Your dog walks in when you give him a finish signal/command.

Does he walk in when someone exams him or all the time? Is he quick on finishes in general?

If he walks in just when someone exams him, start your training staying close to him. 4-6 feet. Have someone put their hands on him and call him to heel WHILE their hands on ON him. Make sure your dog is moving fast and meeting your criteria BEFORE increasing distance from him.

If he gets into heel slowly all the time, start close to him and finish. You can be 4-6 feet and it can be from a sit or stand. No need to do the moving part yet. :>)

Does the finish to your criteria? If so, move a few more feet away and try your finish again. Make sure you only add a few feet at a time and testing your criteria at each different distant. Only progress to further away when you dog can finish in a way you are wanting. NOTE: in either instance, you do not have to do the moving stand first. Simply put your dog on a stand/sit and work on the finish ONLY.


  • Video and analyze you and your dog’s Moving Stand and finish.
  • How is your dog’s responding to commands and signals?
  • Is your criteria being meet?
  • What problems do you see?

Moving Stand – Proofing – the last Steps to Success

  • Heel with your dog and alternate moving stands with halts. Your dog should sit when you halt and stand if you ask him to stand.
  • Heel your dog for a short distance. Instead of telling your dog to stand, say a word that sounds similar to that command. He should carefully listen to you and not just stand because you said something!
  • Challenge your dog by telling him to stand after taking just one or two steps forward.
  • As soon as your dog gets out of his crate or jumps out of your car, line him up, heel a few paces and give him your stand command.
  • Attach a retractable leash to your dog’s collar. Heel a short distance, give your stand command, and continue to walk until you have gone approximately ten feet from your dog. While you are still walking, and with your back to your dog, gently pull on the leash. Alter this idea by gently pulling on the leash after you turn to face your dog.
  • Ask your dog to execute the finish portion of the moving stand. At any time during the finish, start talking to him. Will he be too distracted to complete the finish?
  • Carry a dumbbell or metal article in your right hand as your dog heels beside you. Just before or at the same time you give your command to stand, drop the object. You can also test your dog to make sure he will not change position if you drop the article as you walk away from your dog.

Video Notes: In the video, handlers do a variety of games during the Moving Stand Exercise. One important key to the Moving Stand is keeping the dog in an “active” state while he is being examined. Using loads of games during the exam will teach your dog to stay in such state. Like all other sequencing, do not do the Stand if your dog is not heeling to criteria.


  • Videotape a training a Moving Stand.
  • Write a list of any problems you feel you have.
  • Did you add surprise releases and games when your dog gave effort?
  • Did your dog maintain your criteria while heeling?
  • Was your dog staying in an “active” state while on his stand?
  • What do you see that can be improved?