Ahh, the settle command. This command, once mastered, is your dog's ticket to freedom. It means that he can be contained in a designated area without actually being contained by a physical barrier. Instead of being locked away from the action when you have visitors, he can be part of it, or at least a spectator on the sidelines. He can accompany you anywhere because he can be trusted to calmly and quietly contain himself until you free him to do otherwise.