Teaching the Release Command
What it means:
Free puppy. It is now OK to do whatever you want (within reasonable limits).
- Verbal Command: “Perfect!”
- Tone of voice: Happy, excited
- Hand Signal: None
Move forward with your puppy in a happy, thankful, “I’m proud of you!” way.
Enforcing the command:
Clap your hands, pet your puppy, bring your puppy out of position in a positive rewarding manner.
Alternative Command Words:
You can choose whatever word you’d like to use for the release. I like the word “Perfect” because it inspires me to expect perfection from my puppy, and it’s not a word that I use a lot in daily conversation. If you prefer, you can use, “Thank You!” or “Wowsers!” or “Super” or any other word or phrase. Some training methods use “Okay” as a release command. The most important thing is to be consistent with your use of this word.
Do’s and Don’ts:
Be consistent with this command. This is very important, and I cannot stress it enough: Do not allow your puppy to break from any command without this release. This command is a form of praise, and the happy tone of voice is very important, as is the movement forward, and plenty of praise afterwards.
What your puppy learns:
How to please you; how to wait; and that self control is not a ‘forever’ command, and therefore not impossible.
Written by: Shirley Gibson
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