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    I'm after instructions on how to teach a release word. My googling's not turning up anything helpful and I'm struggling to comprehend how to teach it for commands like sit, down, etc.

    Any help would be very appreciated

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    I use OK - I know it is an every day word, but it works.

    I have YES as a bridge word, and OK as the release

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    How do you go about teaching that "Okay" means he can get up now?

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    I use "FREE" as Baileys release word

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    Free is a good one

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    OP, I understand it as you are asking HOW to teach it, not what word? Or am I confused?

    I usually do it simply by moving, and giving a hand signal of my choice to coincide with the release word. As your dog starts to move, or relax, reinforce that word. It must be consistent though, same word every time.

    Is that what you mean?

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    When teaching a release command it is a good idea to fall back on compulsion. Hold the dog in the sit, say "free" , or what ever word your using, in a happy voice, count 1, 2, 3 then take your hands off and let the dog get up. always wait to 3 before releasing that way the dog knows its "free" that he is responding to not the fact that you take your hands off.
    If you do not want to do that you could have him sit and before you know he is going to break say "Free" and encourage him to move.
    As with everything this takes patience, time and consistancy to get 10/10.
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    We use "OK" too


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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    OP, I understand it as you are asking HOW to teach it, not what word? Or am I confused?
    No, you're right

    Thanks for the details, Devil's Advocate & Ashaari! Both are very helpful!
    Last edited by Niques; 02-23-2010 at 02:19 PM.

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    Cath, that photo is soooooooooooooo cute!

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