I do obedience training classes with Ruby, so currently we are on our first attempt at Intermediate. One of the things they really emphasize is cementing the dog's Staying power, and Ruby is NOT getting it. (Or maybe I'm not ) BTW, Allie just finished Advanced, which is starter Rally-O. Good girl! I get her into heel, get her attention, give her a firm "Stay" with the hand motion, lead off with my right foot. She stays until my third step and attempts to run after me. I've had three different trainers watch, and they don't see that I'm doing anything that would "call" her to me. So what we've been trying to do is have someone stand on her leash so when she gets up she gets a mild self correction and then she has to resit. The problem is that she doesn't trust people she doesn't know, especially standing behind her, so she refuses to sit again and instead resorts to wooing, yelping, bouncing, etc. I might add that she does this ONLY in the ring. At home, in public, she will Stay like it's no big deal. At home the stays are done with the distraction of Allie and Noodle. In public, we work at pet stores, etc. I suspect that she's getting too worked up when we get to class, so her excitement (and stress, when she's on leash she's reactive to other dogs, thank god the class is small) is making her not want to "wait" for what I'm trying to get her to do. We've tried running out her zoomies before class. I've tried being as calm and quiet as I can be when we are training to try and calm her. I've been using hot dogs, Bil Jac and Natural Balance rolls combined as treats, she's highly food motivated. I don't use any kind of corrective collar on her, she doesn't respond to them. So the only things I'm using on her are food, her leather collar and lead. This is the only exercise she's decided that she doesn't really want to listen to me on. I've been blaming it on Ruby and that independent thinking mind of hers Any suggestions, oh brilliant Chaz minds???