Dog Training Basics – Teach A Release Command – Professional Dog Training Tips



what is going on guys in this video we're going to be talking about some dog training basics more specifically how to teach your dog a release command and if you have been working on any kind of skill stationary skills walking unleash the release command is going to be really really helpful not relieve command release no not to relieve command and this isn't the release command like a drop it command this is like you know releasing your dog from a position we're gonna talk about why that's so important for your training and why it's really going to speed up your your dog success because you're being consistent and clear with them I want to welcome everybody to the show we've we're back in the train station and you know what ICSD cruiser longtime train station passenger drop it up in the chat now today we're looking after a dog and you may have seen instructor Steve from the YouTube channel but we've got the instructor Steve okay they're in the crate so we might be using we're not sure if he's going to be quiet or not yeah it's something what work that we're working through with him as Steve is on vacation I want to say hello to Melissa salt Chris Eubanks Patricia Thompson Dan Luton SD Cruiser everybody that's jumped into the chat and I think that everyone it can benefit from this whether you're a puppy owner or an adult dog owner or whatever stage your training is at this can be really helpful for you just doing a little self-evaluation about your release command but in this video we are talking about some dog training basics I'm Ken steep I'm Cale McCann and welcome back to McCann dog we are working on trying to get kale recovered now she's just gotten sick it might be challenging you guys know how you know much killed hate being sick so annoying she chats during the the live show so we're gonna try it we may have to limp through this one a little bit today but um I feel fine I just are the voice yeah which is it will get better the more I talk it's a really important part now I feel like I could sing like a really good like bass tones in a song that would be interesting what sort of based on would you say you do a duet and I can take the low part okay I can't think of a song that we might want to sing at this point but you guys want us to do that anyway IIIi think you'd be surprised we're gonna see in just a minute just how much people want to see that kind of thing we're gonna talk today about teaching your dog a release command and why it's so important quiet as we jump into the train station if this is your first time here my name's Ken steep this is Cal McCann were professional dog trainers from McCann dogs where we've helped more than 90,000 dogs to be well-behaved four-legged family members and every week we do alive it'll actually last week we didn't get a chance to were live we were actually have not really been on here since a little while yeah well the last time I think we did a live was like a lesson yeah yeah yeah so we're welcome and kale back and you know what I love to do when Cal's room I loved it too and welcome her to the train station I'm not lying if I say people Oh Dan the moderator man Lewton says Louie Armstrong maybe that he also says drink more water are you feeding me today can and I are in Edgewater drinking have you guys seen this thing like it's like it's all the rage with kale okay because I feel like I should be getting like uh I know a cut I know speaking of Dan the moderator man let's go to our live shot I love doing this seeing what's gonna be drinking his bottle isn't he seeing what Dan is up to and just checking out what's happening so let's go to our live camera here to Dan on the deck Oh cute is huge I think they're looking after that dog right now yeah I think that's his brothers dog but I love that sort of hang-up position in in the summertime in Canada so you got to do you got to hang it out science it's pretty fun ICSD Cruiser mentions you were in California and didn't even stop by to say hi we're up in Anaheim yeah last week SD Cruiser I'm sorry if we were coming to you and we didn't have a car that's a good point yeah we're using uber everywhere but if we were in San Diego there's no question that I would have you know show slightly shot you a message to see what you're up to and dropped by uh today I'd like to know from you guys I really want to know you know do you does not have a reliable release word now when we talk about you even use a release word right Oh what that is for sure it can be such an important addition to your dog training and we use the term okay that's what we use for our dogs and basically when you're talking about using that release word you're talking about getting more reliable skills you're gonna be more clear with your dog you're gonna be more consistent and because of those things you know we we always talk in the channel about being clear consistent and fair those three elements no matter what you're doing will allow you to troubleshoot so the really you know keeping in mind those three things a release word is a really really important part of that it's really really helpful to allow your dog to know when they don't have to work anymore we're gonna dive in a little bit deeper and make sure that you everyone has a good understanding of what we're doing with our release words and maybe if you start to feel like you're not getting great longevity in your stationary skills or you need to work on that loose leash walking how you can implement a release word into those skills so that your dog is way more reliable now something that I really really like to do is is find out where you guys are checking in from so I think I'm gonna I'm gonna change this a little bit only cuz I know how much you love the idea of the train station but I'm gonna ask everybody to check y'all tickets and see where everybody's coming in from as you join us here I think so that that's that's your train conductor voice yeah yeah that's how if just it was also his paper boy voices that's true extra extra read all about it I'm just gonna add some of this stuff to the chat we use okay look at all the people that say okay yeah so um I'd love to know where you guys are watching from and we see people coming in here yeah I see Chris is coming in from New Mexico see Hawaii Halifax London Pennsylvania Wisconsin Oregon Southern Cali Alice we were just there not long ago West Virginia Milford Cleveland Ohio Sandra's joining us from Mexico st. Louis Missouri Falls Mills Maryland Hagar's Ville not too far away Minneapolis North Carolina in Louisiana a lot of people from the Carolinas yeah yeah I'm not sure you've taught there a few times I have taught there many times so you to South Carolina or not North Carolina paging dog agility yeah and I loved it I stayed in Folly Beach and it was like the most amazing weather and I like think that I might move there one day yeah maybe you'll move with me I see Michelle Edwards is joining us from Scotland okay well I'm a pressed Michelle cuz I know it's quite a tiny bit like in the middle of the night yeah it's my midnight maybe I think half half 12:00 we were hanging out with some people from the UK and I'm not sure whether you guys use the same puppies getting used to its crate there boy so let's talk about why a the release word is so important and this is something I see so often and people maybe they're struggling with their stationary skills even something as simple as a sit it's really important that you start using a release command or have a release word for your dog so that you know like I mentioned earlier your dot you you're showing your dog that you have clear expectations so your dog's responsibility and part of being consistent for you is using that release command when it's okay for your dog to get up otherwise you know your dog starts to learn all these other cues maybe because remember we often talk about how your dogs always learning whether you are in the act in the process of teaching them something or not your dogs learning this whole time so it's really important that you're really aware of some of the cues you're giving even if they're not verbal cues you know some of these you know hand gestures motions some of the other things we're doing we'll talk a little bit about some of the you know bad habits people get into and and how we can change those or how you can be more aware of them in how you can change them and adding a release release queue to something a stationary skill like your sit or your stay or your weight and we're gonna talk a little bit with staying weight and why those can be so effective and how they can be completely ruined by not using a release command properly but really let your dog knows that they're done you know in in all of these circumstances as we we're gonna show you how to include it in your training but no matter what the skill is it's really versatile word because no matter what the thing is that your dog is working on when you give them that release word then they they don't think they know that they're they don't have to continue doing whatever it is that they're doing it's really for like consistency and most importantly for convenience you know it's not very convenient if your dog will only you know remain in one position or do anything for as long as they feel like it and then they end up like running free when you least expect it right I always use the car as an example if I open my car door I don't want my dog to get out of the car out of their crate until I say okay so that I'm prepared making sure that you know it's safe around me I have the leash attached and then I can allow the dog to come out from there so having a dog that understands to maintain the behavior that they've been asked to do regardless of what it is until you release them can be extremely helpful when you're trying to just have good basic control over them for sure so let's look at the some of the comments coming in and I see a few people are using the term and I know because there's students of ours Dan the moderator man says we use okay yeah and most assaults says the same she uses okay with stormy as well and I like Mary's Mary Williams has said here I use okay as a release word but Bodhi releases before I say it a lot of the time and Mary we're gonna help you identify some of those things that you might be doing anticipation yeah that are cueing those releases or it could be some anticipation from your dog because you know they're just trying to be right and sometimes they're you know working so hard at whatever the thing is that they're doing and they just forget that they need to keep working until you give them that release I like SD crews are common so and working on releasing one dog while the other staying in a sit then releasing them I'd say it as a 60-ish percent success rate and this is you know a more advanced skill and we know SD crews are works Harden's dogs but this is a more advanced skill especially when you're releasing one dog at a time so maybe we can talk a little bit about how to make it easier so that he can be more successful yeah so this is something that we have to do with all of our dogs as well so Ken and I have six dogs and there's very you know very often where they happen to be like in our dog run or our our backyard all together or in an expedited dog show all together and quite often we want only one of them and not all six of them to come out at a time so so that they know who were speaking to we always use their name either just their name or which is a release in that moment or their name and then the word okay so what's really cool is the other dogs start to know that they need to hold position when the other names are being called so all of the you know dogs are together and I say funky funky will come out of the pen and you know grand-slam will stay he knows to wait for his name so it just makes it easier opposed to just you know looking at that dog and saying okay and then having the other dogs be confused as to whether you're talking to them or whoever it is so using their name and it can be really helpful in that in that particular scenario for suitable dog scenario this are says I say okay nothing she still sits now what and we're definitely gonna talk about that because it's pretty common action yeah it's very common and we'll talk about how you can encourage your dog out of that sitting position as well as things you should definitely do because you're not clearly working really hard to do you know whatever task you've asked them to do so let's talk about that stationary skill this sit for example so we'll often ask our dogs to sit in you know work through that if they don't immediately respond to that that stationary skill will release them with the okay but we're always really aware of what we're doing we always want to use our voice first that that needs to be keep that in mind that your voice comes first it's the first thing that you're going to use when you're going to do anything with your dog because ultimately we don't want them to have to respond to like their leash or to you know some hand signal or whatever unless you're working on advanced skills or a piece of food so make sure you're always leading with your voice when you're working on these exercises when is T Cruiser talked a little bit about the difference between his in using a stay command now I'm going to encourage in maybe SD Cruz you might have seen this video on our Channel but at using the Macan method we actually have two stationary skills that where the dog remain here yeah two totally different behaviors one is the stay and one is the weight now the stay is a much more formal skill it may be can we show it with final maybe can you show like a stay yeah he doesn't know what very well but which is perfectly yeah it's a perfect dog too and it also gives me a chance to to and take us out on over to camera two okay but we so we use a stay in a weight and our weight it includes a remote release whereas our stay is much more formal so if you're new to you know you're working with your puppy on teaching them some stationary skills maybe it's even a stay pay attention to what we're gonna do here because we're gonna give you a separate skill that'll really solidify your stay and give you another command that's just as useful maybe more useful to be honest I used to wait all the time it's such a such a great skill but there's a real difference there and we're gonna help your young dog in training understand and with no further ado I'd like to take us on over to the train station with a little I'm blocking the whistle holes okay so we actually teach our dogs to stay first because when we say stay the expectation on the dogs part is to remain in position until I return back to him so if I use the command stay I would never go up in front of him and then call him out of position and the reason why we choose to do it that way here fine is because it teaches more reliability if he knows I'm never gonna call him when he's when I'm in front of him he can sit in position without having so much anticipation to move so he's actually gonna relax and he's going to stay there a little bit more easily so what I'm gonna do to teach this is I'm gonna start with him in more of a control position so I'm gonna have him get in and sit at my left inside and I'm actually just gonna reward him all of this food because I'd actually don't want to have food in my hand here one more now I think he's done this but not very much I'm going to tell him stay that's my hand signal stay and I and I'm gonna pivot right in front now if he goes to get up I'm just gonna position him back good boy stay there good good stay yes good boy after he stayed for a few seconds I'm gonna pivot back to his side yes good boy and I'm gonna get some rewards out when you do this I recommend wearing a bait pouch which I did not think about at a time good boy good stay yes and it always is going to finish with that release command so once I have his attention I'm gonna say the word I can't spell it you'll probably see why in a moment oops and then I'm just gonna encourage him out of position so it would look like this okay yay good point fine all right let's try again all right singing the line him up up my left I would sit beside me here good boy and I'm gonna tell him stay good stay I'm going a little further this time good stay yes good Stan I'm gonna reward him in position good stay good boy stay yes whoops that's it stay excellent I get again returned back to his side give him a couple rewards see how I'm feeding him for still looking at me go ahead boy okay yeah hey and then I can work from there so once I've done that quite a few times and he's pretty solid at holding position I can start adding distractions all that stuff I could then also teach him the weight so it's going to look very similar to this day but there's a couple small deep differences gets it the first difference is I'm going to use two totally different words so I'm gonna say the word weight and the hand signal is gonna be different for stay my hand was very stationary in front of his nose oops here right that's it for weight I mean there's wave past his face wait wait good boy and I'm gonna move away good boy again I need to be rewarding my dog weight in not waiting because try moving around a little bit wait good boy I'm gonna repeat the command wait so he hears the word and then he gets rewarded for doing the behavior wait good boy but the difference now is rather than going back to his side I'm going to release him from in front good boy I'm just gonna wait till I get bit more attention now I don't want to release my dog wait if he's not focused there we go now I have focus okay yes good boy and then I can reward him from there good boy fine oh look at you going into your crate but a good puppy yeah good man I told me to do the way to go yeah he's actually doing a really good job here he's not making too many mistakes which I'm pretty impressed about he's only five months old here good boy no I've only had him for a week or so wait wait good boy now if he was to get up out of position the first thing that I hopes how perfect was that I would stop him I would say oops or hey and then I'm gonna bring him right back to where he was with the leash I'm just gonna try this little bomb around sit good boy prop him back up again wait good boy I wouldn't ask him to sit again I need to let him know that he's making an error oops that's it good boy wait wait good boy he's made two mistakes so it's very important that I get in now and I let him know what's right yes so you'll see my rewarding oops boy back there sit good wait wait yes you'll see that my rewards are gonna come a bit more rapidly wait could wait papa do yes good wait now he wants to be released so I need to make sure I get a good amount of rewards before I do release him good boy okay [Applause] and then we can have a lot of fun once I do release him final yes bring it on back to camera one drop in knowledge in the train station so I want you to really keep in mind one thing kill is very clear about with the stay for example is she would never release final from out in front she's working the the in sort of the difference between those two skills is final understands very quickly that the stay means the only time that he will be released is when Kael returns back to his side so really using that release commit now if Kael didn't give him a clear signal that okay we're done now by using that okay or whatever your release word is at home then it would be a lot more confusing for final so the wait command as Kayla's out in front giving him that clear release words it he understands is the that's the trigger he's allowed to move at that point and again as I mentioned earlier that I use that weight on a daily basis like that is something we use allowing dogs out of their crates allowing dogs out of the car is a really important one you know if you're in a busy spot you don't want your diving out of the door I'll tell them to wait I'll clip on the leash and then I'll say okay and release them out but what helps finaled really understand that is the black and white sort of expectations that you've got so he knows that it's his job or you're gonna know that it's your dogs going to know that it's their job to remain in position to continue to sit until you have released them that with that word and if they break early you're just gonna put them back back in position and show them you know what they're supposed to be doing or what your expectation is and then you can reward him as Kail showed you you know she did a really nice job of quickly marking it moving him back to that spot and then giving him a couple of seconds to sort of you know acknowledge that he's sitting in positions out on that position yeah so he's earned a reward at that point I'm not sure if you or if I've mentioned while we were practicing is the moment he breaks position so he's no longer holding whatever I've asked him to hold and in this case what I was showing you was the sit you could very well do this in any position of course yeah I need to react within one second if I'm making the because her dog said seven one second timeframe as far as their learning goes so if you take a long time to you know address the fact that your dog is not continued the behavior until releasing sometimes there can be a little bit of translation loss between you and the dog it can be a bit confusing so watch your timing when you're doing your dog training you have to be super precise with when you're giving them information when they've made a little error and it's also equally or even more important that your timing is precise when you are wanting to reinforce your dog with petting praise and most importantly treats let's talk for a minute about how you were three different elements being clear consistent and fair with him so Kay was very clear about giving you know saying the command then showing him you know this is nice this is the stay or this is the wait signal and go ahead and I was also very particular that he was paying attention to me through each of those steps okay so you know when I told him late or when I wanted to return back to him or when I wanted to release him I never did it that int during the moments where he was doing a bit of sniffing he's a puppy he's got distracted back there so we need to also be clear that your dog can really receive the information with their full attention Kailas being really consistent about you know not allowing him to move being you know again clear stepping in showing him that he needs to be in that sitting position and anytime that he made a mistake you know there wasn't one time that she said oh that's fine that's okay this time it's you don't have to yeah you can do whatever he wants to do because that wouldn't be fair to him you know it wouldn't be fair to be giving him sort of mixed information as you train through the other thing that she where she focused on fairness was after he made a couple of mistakes she made it a lot easier for him to be successful so she didn't go as far away she stayed in nice and close warded more often rewarded in position because you know his on again we've only had him he's not our dog we've only had him for a couple weeks and haven't done my country's a couple days yeah but we haven't done much training with some instructor steve has done a lot sort of training but you know she was really helping him to be successful and that's when you've got to be fair but you'll notice that you know on the weight for example we know he's a little wiggle bum puppy and he wants to move but Kael did lots of rewarding it with him in that stationary position before releasing him because we know he wants to get up you know we know that he he wants to get you know just move and you know he's working very hard to remain in position but you know so she made it really valued for him to not move for him to remain in that sitting position the other thing Kail did was she led with her voice so when she told him okay she used her voice and then she moved you know she when she was standing out in front of the way she used her voice her voice and then she bent down you know to encourage him out and and and pet and praise him something that people start to do especially if you haven't been really clearly using a release command is you know you'll ask your dog to sit or stay or whatever you know the behavior is and then you'll reward them you're working hard you know you have this some expectation that they're gonna remain in a position and then you just kind of walk away or this is a common one in agility handles let's talk with start lines for agility yeah give you an example so if I do this okay okay okay okay when I raise my finger what do you think probably is going to happen you assume I'm probably going to say the word okay and what people often do is we ritual so we end up doing a specific body posture just before we say the release command and we forget that dogs are masters at reading body language so if you always pair the same type of body movement regardless of whether you think it's a signal or not your dog will start to pair that movement with that word together so when you go to do that action and you don't release your dog with a verbal the dog will just assume that that signal now means that they're supposed to be released and a lot of people struggle and agility specifically on start lines contacts they literally did a private lesson on this today because they are just showing the dog so easily when they're going to release because they're doing the same thing all the time and then it confuses the dog I wanted to say something else when you were talking and they don't remember what it was okay maybe I answered the question I'm rather intuitive like that I want to just uh oh I remember okay sorry um in terms of the release command when you're practicing this with your dog if you have a dog that is a sort of antsy and doesn't with hold position very well you're going to do a lot more rewarding of position than you are going to be practicing the okay command conversely if you have a dog that sort of says okay you feed me in this position so I don't ever want to leave you might release that dog out of position a bit more so you can actually calculate what your ratio of treats to releases are based on the type of behaviors you're getting from your dog so the more excited wiggly moving easier moving dogs you're gonna reward more often you're gonna release Lhasa and then vice versa if you've dug somebody actually mentioned if someone gets you know if their dog gets stuck in the sit seven dogs you know you reward them a couple times and they say well I'm gonna sit here forever yeah let's be honest if I were just to sit here in Kailas to feed me pizza it's unlikely I'm going to go anywhere I would just remain in position because I love pizza yeah so I'm gonna have to give him less pizza and tell him to get up off his butt much more often exactly yeah and the other thing that was really important is that when a final cut off you know before Cale used her release word she was she was very she's all business she stepped in there wasn't a lot of conversation you know there wasn't a lot of padding and touching or anything she just sort of placed him back in position and it's really important that there is that kind of clarity for your dog you know the last thing you want to be doing is pulling out treats at that point because your dog will really quickly learn that getting up before you use your release word means that food is coming out so that's gonna be really really helpful this one yeah it's just a good question yeah penguin ll my facility taught us to use one command before release where any command like sitter downs to be expected held until the release word is the additional weights they needed it's already taught in the first method so what we do at our school or with our training is sort of similar so if we say say if we stay down we expect the dog to maintain that position until we release them where we start to add an additional cues like weight or stay is to let the dog know that we're going to be leaving them in position and then what they can expect neck so if I say sit her down again they should assume that the maintenance of the position is is understood if I say sit or down and I say wait and I walk away now the dog is going to understand that I'm probably gonna call them out of it if I say sit her down and then stay my dog is now going to assume I am NOT going to call them and they need to stay put until I go back so it just provides just a tad bit more clarity for the dog however we do expect the dog to maintain position on the sit or down command without having to constantly say sit sit sit sit I want to be able to say sit once happily and calmly and have the dog comply very easily so I love the I love the depths of penguin ll was hanging about there but also keep in mind as this puppy who again we is new to us they don't really have a deep understanding of the stay or the wait so we're gonna make it we're gonna be really close at this point we're gonna make sure that he's successful more than gets a chance to make mistakes so although our sits and downs mean you don't move and we're sort of assisting them there's a little redundancy when we give them a weight or whatever when we move away you know at this point in his training we help them we need to help them as we teach them those stationary commands we do need to stay pretty close to him even Fraser longtime train station path Fraser given us a little toot – so I noticed that Denis Dobbin made a good point here I think I'd have to wait for eating this thing to go before I so how can i scan the qr-code when I'm on my iPhone and that's a great question you can't but if you're watching this you can watch the replay the replay will be available about an hour after the show and if you're watching on a computer or your TV we're getting more people that are watching on their TV you can use the scan the QR code with your iPhone or Android device but if you're watching on your phone it's not gonna work you need to make our faces bigger saying yes yeah exactly I think I pulled a couple of questions here okay so let's talk about Yvonne's question so Yvonne says I use okay but I'm not sure how to teach my pup that I mean it as a release so maybe we can talk a little bit about consistency here and releasing your dog out of position so the expectation that we're teaching our dogs is that when I tell you to do something in this example we're using sits or it could be a Down that they're not allowed to move until you say okay so by your consistency of replacing them back in position and you know being consistent about using that release command and that's the only time that you allow them to get up the only time that they're allowed to get up that's how you're going to teach that release command let's talk about dogs that don't move let's talk about some of the things that happen when sometimes again we talked we touched on it briefly that dog just has been rewarded so much and they're doing such a great job they're confused or there or there's lots of reasons why dog would like just stall out or get stuck for sure yeah you need to help them out of that position so after you use your okay or your release term word whatever it is you can do things in sake L used motion so she said with finalize he said okay and she stepped forward yeah yeah it definitely is you can use like you know some excited language okay here buddy all right way to go you can throw a piece of food forward for sure at your dog to chase after yeah or a toy or something the thing you can't do is pull your dog out of position if you've asked them to stay or pull your dog out of position if you've asked them to sit because you're really giving them mixed messages you are giving them it's not fair because again they're working so hard to be right and you're sort of making sure that they can't be right so yes if you if you ask your dog to do a behavior that's difficult like sitting and staying or lying down and staying and then you go to release them and then your dog saying well I'm doing this because you rewarded me for that and all sudden you yank them out of position the poor dogs truly believing that they're doing something that they feel is correct and now all of a sudden we're using sort of negative reinforcement to encourage them to do something that they're confused about and in our dog training the Macan that method we don't we don't agree with that we don't like to use any negative reinforcement unless the dog absolutely understands the behavior throwing through and they basically said take a hike I'm not listening but that actually doesn't happen very much believe it or not if you have reinforced the good behavior so much often if you run into a jam it's because the dogs a little bit confused or they don't know the behavior well enough and that's the case we like to lean in to help the dog to be successful in more positive matters I see a few people have jumped in the chat and they've said hello and I want to say hello to Katy Woodward Norman Hooper and Dee Moniz and I hope I'm saying you're here the money is often like one of the first time that's cool so miss Brittney j99 says we're bringing home a puppy our puppy this Saturday she's a rescue so they estimated that she's between nine eleven weeks old how do I know to train luring with treats first would she be too young to train a release at nine to eleven weeks old and this is where we talk about consistency it's a good question I would maybe no not really but I wouldn't really be training it from like a stationary position because she's probably that would be hard for her when she's a little but you could say okay and then you could do that follow that with some luring or when you open her crate door just start to use the word okay as she comes out so you can actually one of the ways that you can teach a behavior is you can say the word once your dogs already performing the behavior that you want so like a classic example is like chase your tail the dog chases your their tail naturally just because they're being a silly little puppy and you could just stand there and say catch your tail catch your tail get your tail and eventually after fifty sixty times of that happening maybe less for some dogs that are really smart you know they'll start to do it on command so you can do a little word association when the puppies are that young no problem for sure Denise Dobbin says I use a mat for one dog and place for the new pop I'm working on this day yeah and that's actually something we all will often teach that will teach you know like I go to your bed it's such a handy skill especially if you have multiple dogs in your household we actually have a teacher but as a teacher dog to go lay down in their bed video I think and maybe Dan the man can drop that in the try that on your bed exercise might be one of the things that our dogs learn like before they're like six months a for-sure like even younger than that yeah and so what why whywhy do we see the value because there's it's sort of like a multiple layer value exercise I use it for problem-solving for the dog to learn how to you know offer behaviors in order to get a reward usually I'll shape the behavior but I also like it because it helps to teach my puppy self-control so if they learn to go on to a specific location or lay on a mat or on a bed and they can learn to remain in position I actually am already starting my weight and state training and I build value for that one location and then I can use that behavior to help control the puppies so if we're sitting and you know eating dinner and I don't really want to create my dog in that moment I might pull a bed or a mat over and have the puppy lay on the mat while I'm while we're eating dinner and once that gets old then I'll give up and put them in the crate and enjoy the rest of my dinner until I'm ready to work through it again or till the dog knows it a bit better what a great leadership exercise I mean it's so simple and it's rather informal the dogs love it they do yeah I mean because we make it pretty rewarding Eden Fraser says they use okay for sits down and stay et cetera and when I'm walking him and want him to break his heel so he can have a loose leash walk I say gratis which is Norwegian for free it's interesting I would have expected that to me thank you and I don't know why that my brain immediately goes there but so I love that Eden has sort of led us into the next opportunity to talk about their release command in Eden's on the right track we when we're training our dogs excuse me dogs often with a loose leash walking keep yawning up because it can be really challenging you know to try to maintain that great formal position especially when they're young something that I always suggest to it that our students do is pick a short distance where they know they can be successful and if maybe you're in a more urban environment maybe it's like street street lights or maybe it's you know a couple of buildings like storefronts or something and you insist on that really nice formal walking in at your side lots of rewarding really you're being really precise about it but then when you get to the end at the end of that period maybe it's the next street light or the end of the next building you can tell your puppy okay and you can allow them to be free by doing something like that with your loose leash walking and over time getting farther and farther and you're getting better attention and you can use your voice less and use food less because your dog's been rewarded so much for being in that great position but what you're really telling them is that I expect you to remain here while we're walking while we're moving around on leash I'll tell you our command is let's go when we use some mccann method we say let's go the dog comes in at your side and they sort of hang out and whether they look at you or not it's not as important but it's nice I mean I always I'm always impressed that those are grade one students that you know after just a couple of weeks until they've been training Lots after a couple weeks their dog is you know in at their side working really hard I love seeing that but these are probably the same students that are really clear about their expectations and they're being consistent about making sure the puppy remains there or their young dog remains there until they say ok another great time is you know when you want your dog to just be sort of free on leash so for example we'll take our dogs for a walk or a a dog or a couple dogs or whatever we have several to choose from on a walk and maybe they we know that they have to you know you go to poo or pee or something we'll say ok and we'll allow them a little bit more freedom our expectation in that situation when we say ok is that they don't have to be in that position but they're still not gonna pull on leash we call that having leash respect yes actually one of the exercises that we work on in our classes is to teach leash respect so basically as soon as the leash is on and we you know say ok it means that they can you know have free range but that doesn't mean that they can be pulling and dragging us they basically have you know six feet of range if they're on a six foot leash or for example with this puppy when I take him out in the backyard to go to the bathroom I have him on a 25 foot line so he has more space to run in play but he's not allowed to pull up the end of that 20 foot line if he goes to the end of a toe just give him a couple tugs remind him he's gone too far and then I just sort of praise him up and coach him as he's within that 25 foot range so regardless of whether you have a long leash or a short leash that's what that release command means ok let's jump into the chat so now's a great time to start asking your questions about your release command about consistency with your skills you know we try to we do these live streams for you so if you have about dog training and we'll try to keep it as on-topic as possible because sometimes our check was crazy with a bunch of things that you know aren't easily answered in a short period of time but you know ask your questions now is definitely the time for that I see penguin ll says and this is a good question my release where it seems to be turning into a recall even though even though my dog's name is his recall any situation where you can you already need to release out of a current position but not come towards you yes for sure lots of times great question though yeah penguin ll is you're on the bottom there however I will make a suggestion I noticed that you said that my dog's name is his recall I would I would build another more formal recall into your training I suspect you can probably do that because we use our date our dogs names so often and we want to have one single command again the Macan method are the is the formal command and our dog responds the first time every single time that's what we work through and that's what we help our students to achieve because you know there will be times when you it's imperative that your dog turns the moment you say come I remember years ago I was walking my black lab and we were actually walking around the Macan dog training facility at the far end and a rabbit I don't know where it came from it was I realized in front of me and then it ran for the gates there were there's gates at this fence yard and it ran for the gates and I yelled II Gale Deegan come and she hit the brakes and she came right back to me the bunny crossed the road and then a truck went by very big noisy gun clanging truck went by so uh you know it was it was terrifying but I was so happy that I had that response they had that response because I was so consistent and you know I used Egan's name a lot you know hey Dee we talked about release dig in here you know didn't get the ball dig in whatever yeah but I have only used that command what I'm training it or when I'm practicing it for example it's it's I I insist that she have a snappy immediate response to it the other thing too is that you don't always like we don't always expect our dogs to come to us when we say their name sometimes we just want them to look at us and we can give them some attention further information so I might you know if my dog was at a distance and I say I wanted them to go like bring their frisbee to me or something I might say hey you know be get your frisbee so she wouldn't come to me I just wanted to check in with me and then go do what I've asked her to do if you're expecting them to come to their name and then sometimes you're using in other situations where you're not expecting them to come to their name and you have that bit of inconsistency you're gonna get a dog that doesn't have the response that you're looking for but if come always means come and the name always means look at me you know check in with me and if this always means this and that always means that now you're gonna have a dog that says all right this all makes sense to me you know what you're doing and they can sort of relax we often will use an okay command to release our dogs forward so you know if I'm taking my dogs for a hike for example I'll walk to the park with them on leash and I'll get back to like where the forest is and I'll have them all sit I'll take their leashes off and then I'll say okay and then I'll let them book it down the hiking trail and then of course I call them back and that type of thing so they're actually allowed to sort of be free when I say that and then they they come back when they're called so it doesn't always mean to come to you yeah it's just to stop doing whatever it is that you're doing so Christy banks accidentally sent this one up early I do rally I do agility rally and obedience with my dogs do you train your dogs to relieve themselves on command in fact favorite thing yeah we have a video on the channel and we're really I see Dan the man is dropping links all over the place need to drink more while he's busy I can beat him he's uh yeah that's a good point Dan is in the competition group for the water drinking but he can probably drink his water and pipe with the other he's a good man he is but with that said we do have a video on the channel and I think it's a teacher dog to potty on command something like that that would be you know really helpful for you it is something that we teach because we know it's value and again you know if we were at an expectation that our dog was in other side we tell them okay hurry up we use the term hurry up or what else do you use I only say hurry up I say hurry up and go duty go duties yeah keep in mind when you train whatever that command is to command us or leave themselves there's a pretty good chance at some point you're gonna want to your dog to do that behavior around other people so if it's like tinkle tinkle or something know that you're gonna have to say tinkle thank you please say that favor next dog no absolutely not I like hurry up it seems like I'd be comfortable saying that just about anywhere and we do mean hurry up our dogs go within moments of us saying it because I don't want to stand out in the cold or the rain we do yeah my dogs go to the bathroom for sure okay I see your chat is zooming along here I don't check what's in the cue Alice we do have a video on leash respect em and dropped a link for her see way ahead of it it's also it's also up here Alice there it'll be like a card like a little eye that you can click and it'll show you some videos I'm pretty sure I added that that video up there Lindsey Sullivan my sub month old who totally ignores my command but listens straight away to my husband so this this can happen you need to be consistent we do have a few videos on the channel that talked about the come command it's all about consistency it's all about following up with your dog making sure that they listen and not testing so if your dog isn't responding when you're saying come right now then you know that that's a training challenge and you're going to set yourself up to not use that word on last year training it because essentially you're watering it down I see dhamanis says love yo dog grooming by the way they do a fantastic job interestingly enough the dhamanis must have some inside knowledge here because we just shot a video with one of the members ya know from yellow dog grooming and I think it's gonna be it's gonna be super helpful for you guys I'm not sure I learned it by watching yeah yeah tons a great information but I'm not sure if it'll be this Monday at 7:30 or the following Monday so we'll see and be sure to click that subscribe button and actually click the bell so you're notified and often times YouTube won't update you that there's a new video but your if you're any dog owner you're gonna find this helpful I'm excited you mentioned to them that they can ask us questions if they're watching us in YouTube oh I didn't know so yeah if you click this on a Facebook link you're gonna want to come over to the YouTube app on Facebook we can't we can't do questions so make sure you jump over to we can see them but later we can't answer them live right now so Patricia Thompson says I say finish up what that must be for her go potty or go duties command or whatever well I would hope so yeah Norman's actually joined Herman Hooper's joining us for yeah I would hope so too joining us from Australia that's pretty cool we have quite a few viewers oh boy is that bad wow that was all that was not sure I said did an Australian greeting with the Canadian ah yeah g'day mate so let's see what else we got going on here I like this question from si la moto our thirteen week old pup has UMI's and ha I think that's a nice Oh could be tries to bite when we grab that when we gather her line and grab her collar grabbing a collar treats okay to let her finish running crazy or interrupt this behavior it's really important that you interrupt this behavior unless it's on your terms so you know your puppy they puppies will have zoomy so they'll have puppy burns they'll do wild and crazy things and you know that's okay sometimes as long as you're okay with it so I might tell it puppy okay or whatever if they're in the house I'd put a line on the dog off em outside I'm gonna put a long line on them and if you know as long as you can quickly get control of them and redirect them or ask them to do something because that's a pretty good indication that your puppy is ready to let tons of energy and wants to work what what there's no better time than to capture that energy and start working on some of the skills that are listed on our channel so in we're gonna bring the puppy over the other thing that you can use your your release command for is when you're doing shaping for example and it sort of has a unique use when you're shaping when we do look at our door can you guys see how cute this is maybe I can go to the other camera oh no you can't quit soon how cute is that cuteness abounds he's quite comfortable with the Tooting of the train whistle are your dogs as cute is this yeah he's pretty cute isn't he Marney : hi guys what do you recommend for a four-month-old Jack Russell terrier who jumps up on people and is overly excited curly and a puppy class with him a house line for sure and we have a jumping up video on the channel that'll be hi bunny your crate yeah and great yeah that's a really important one as well sort of you know avoiding good management will help you avoid the behavior so it's not he's not self rewarded by it I'm talking about shaping oh if you're doing any shaping exercises and we love doing shaping exercises with our dogs yeah you know it really builds Drive and let's talk a little bit about how you can use okay in shaping exercises – it's like hitting the reset button yeah I will often use the command okay when I'm doing shaping exercises just to encourage my dog to have some creativity sometimes I'll just grab a pile of treats and I'll just say okay and I'll just sort of you know give my dog free opportunity to try a few different things yeah and if they offer a behavior I'll say yes and then I'll say you know okay try something else and see what else they do just to sort of encourage creativity and teach the dog that that word means like think of stuff be creative yeah know that you're not stuck doing one thing and the dogs really like it it's a fun problem solving mental game for them yeah and it builds drive it I love the the motivation that you can build from that where the dogs making choices you know just enjoying the training and it's so freeform you know you can literally come look at how cute this dog is I wish we had a camera pointed right here because he looks adorable right now using shaping exercises specifically it's such a great tool to for dog training helps you understand what your dog's motivations are and how they learn but it helps your dog to like love to learn so I encourage anybody to check out shaping videos on the channel um I just grabbed a comment I don't know where I put it I'm ELISA cooling what about shaping clicker training using a marker word so I yes or click a down wouldn't that be a release continue without the okay no that's so it sounds like most of what you're doing is she said she'd been clicker training using a marker words and I use yes or click it down okay so it depends sort of how you train and what methods you use so with us the click means that you're right it doesn't necessarily mean you can stop what you're doing it really just depends so like if my dog was you know doing weave poles for example and I clicked I wouldn't want them to like stop weaving I would want them to continue moving to the end or I want them to keep offering that same behavior that they just got clicked for so it just depends we would click and then we would release with our verbal command some people use the clicker the yes as their release it just depends I find that to be terribly inconvenient in the training that I do some people have no problem with it so it really just depends you need to be consistent so you know it does that's not what it means for us but that's not to say that it's wrong it just I just find it doesn't really work that well for what I need to do with my dogs yeah capturing that moment is always a good idea so I think we've covered a lot I think we need to do something with this puppy I think I think it's gonna be we need to do some recall training yeah so then we make them tired because we're looking after him this week it's a great opportunity actually a video we post it if you haven't seen the video we posted on Monday check that out it's in the card above it's there's so much value there for anybody adult dogs puppies control of your dog it is yeah and what it is such a great opportunity when we are looking after someone else's dog to really teach that dog that it we're valuable that we're worth listening to so check that video out if you haven't seen it already now I absolutely have to thank Dan the moderator man I mean you've seen him in the chat he's been all over the place answering tons of great questions adding so much content and you know we it would be hard to provide as much value in these live streams without him so we can't thank Dan enough so thank you Dan for doing that if this is your first time on the channel make sure you hit that subscribe button we publish new videos every single week to help you to have a well-behaved four-legged family member if you have any comments thoughts about what you'd like to see on the channel we've had so many great suggestions and resending yeah yeah so we some helpful for absolutely we're just adding to the list we've had lots of great comments lately but make sure you drop those 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5 thoughts on “Dog Training Basics – Teach A Release Command – Professional Dog Training Tips”

  1. Thanks, very helpful video! Love the Canada bucket on the background 🇨🇦 😘 Kisses from Greece!

  2. Hi from Linda..Ireland..i use Ok also..however it caught me out in competition…Gun dog test with my labrador…the judge was showing me to send the dog…i said OK…and voooom susie was gone before she should…now i nod in acknowlegment to the judge..😂😂😂😂..P.S..BRILLIANT VIDEO THANKS

  3. Hi guys, we have a 7 months pup Mr. C, I am the ONLY one who walks him, trains him, baths him, feeds him and play with him every single day, as my husband is very busy with his work. BUT Mr.C treats my husband as the leader, not me. I feel very confused and Mr. C is not listening during training sections and pulls the leash a lot while we are out for a walk. Please, what shall I do? Would it affect the training result if I am not the 'Leader'? Thanks.

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