The following is a description of Stays, from the Kennel Club Year Book 2005/2006.
The Judge or Steward will direct handlers to positions
in the ring. The command "Last command" will be given and handlers
should then instantly give their final command to their dogs. Any further
commands or signals to the dogs after this "Last command" will be
penalised. Handlers will then be instructed to leave their dogs and walk to
positions indicated until ordered to return to them. These are group tests
and all dogs must compete together, but where this is impracticable at an
indoor show, the Class may be equally divided but the judging for the groups
must be consecutive.
(1) Sit/Stay- Dogs should remain in the Sit position throughout the test.
(2) Down/Stay- Dogs should remain in the Down position throughout the test.