I could give you a hundred reasons why "Whoa" training is so very important, but I won't. I would like to give you several of the most important reasons. First of all, "whoa" when given to your Gordon, means to stay where he is at, until released. You can train them to do this at the front door, so they don't jump on your company or bolt out the door. You can teach them at their food bowl and it's a good place because you have full control of the situation. You can teach them Whoa, when you release them from a kennel to hunt. As opposed to them bolting from the kennel with excitement and taking off for 10 minutes. (while you're standing there trying to explain to your hunting buddies). In the field, it's helpful if your Gordon gets the idea he wants to run a deer, or porcupine, or worse....a skunk. And imagine if you wanted to stop your dog from running into traffic. And of course, Whoa is important in the hunting field to help teach your dog to hold his point. Whoa is the most important command you can teach your Gordon Setter. Include it in your training.