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04-05-2014 12:11 AM
GRANBYsyztem i use YES because eventually you want to phase out treats for certain things. And i dont want to be saying EAT when im not giving him treats. I feel like it'd look a bit silly ;D but i do use EAT as somewhat of a release word when i give him his food bowl.
04-04-2014 11:08 PM
gsdsar I went to a seminar years ago with Ivan Balabanov. Who is great by the way, I learned a lot.

One of the things he talked about was the importance of 5 commands. It helps set the dog up for success by giving clear a understanding of what is about to happen. The 5 commands were
1. Start of work. Telling the dog that they are about to work. I use " you ready to work" as I am getting them out of the crate.
2. The command. This is whatever you are working on. The base if the session, sit, come heel, stay, whatever.
3. Praise, for a job well done. I use "yes" my marker word
4. Correction, a word to tell the dog they made a mistake. I use "uh uh"
5. Release, end if training, telling the dog that the work session is over. "All done" for me.

There are many here that have worked closely with Ivan that may be able to expound. But that lesson stuck with me. Being clear with your intentions, setting a pattern and routine that lets the dogs know what and when things are expected. No matter what I am doing, I follow this set of rules. It's pattern trained into my routine now.


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04-04-2014 11:02 PM
boomer11 My marker is yes. My duration word is good. My release is free.

Not really sure what type of training you're doing removing the food bowl from your dog though....
04-04-2014 10:54 PM
sechattin
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Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
A marker should be used to tell the dog they are doing what you want. It's not the release word. The release word means excersise done!

So, for example, when wOrking on heeling, if my dog is doing what I want, I say "yes", sometimes we keep heeling, sometimes drop the toy and we play, then start heeling again. The "yes" tells the dog a reward is coming.

A release word, to me, is the end if training. It tells the dog no more "commands" are forthcoming. So I would not use it in the middle if training. My release word is "all done"

Not sure if this is what you are asking. Probably not.

Your release word can be whatever you want, that's easy and natural for you to say. But should not be used while in the middle of training, it's to end the session, not the reward.


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I hadn't thought about beginning/ending sessions, but that's another one to consider. I have a lot of marker words now that I think about it. Great that my dog keeps up with them. "Ready" to start a session, "yes" to indicate reward, "free" to release from a held behavior like a stay, and "all done" to end the session as a whole.
04-04-2014 10:44 PM
gsdsar A marker should be used to tell the dog they are doing what you want. It's not the release word. The release word means excersise done!

So, for example, when wOrking on heeling, if my dog is doing what I want, I say "yes", sometimes we keep heeling, sometimes drop the toy and we play, then start heeling again. The "yes" tells the dog a reward is coming.

A release word, to me, is the end if training. It tells the dog no more "commands" are forthcoming. So I would not use it in the middle if training. My release word is "all done"

Not sure if this is what you are asking. Probably not.

Your release word can be whatever you want, that's easy and natural for you to say. But should not be used while in the middle of training, it's to end the session, not the reward.


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04-04-2014 10:35 PM
SuperG I simply use "okay"........the dog also sees the changes in my body english and tone....but "okay" is my overall release word.

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04-04-2014 10:23 PM
Cara Fusinato It would be better for it to be a generic release like release, free, okay, done and then eat or take it would be added. You will need release to mean release and not eat as you go on to further training so you might as well be consistent. Just my thoughts.
04-04-2014 09:24 PM
Harry and Lola My release word is 'up'

You can use whatever word you like as long as the word is consistently used to release the dog from a command.

If I was releasing from a sit to go eat, I would issue my release word 'up' then give the command 'go' or 'take'. If I release with just 'up' then I am giving permission to be released from a sit. I would then need to command to start eating food.
04-04-2014 08:48 PM
sechattin I personally have a marker word and a release word. A "yes" lets my dog know he is doing the right thing and when I'm working on building the value of something, say a sit with an implied stay, he knows it is rewarding to continue to practice the good behavior. For example, I can reward him multiple times for holding a stay position for longer periods of time without him being tempted to break position and have to reset himself. I use my release word, "free" to let my dogs know the behavior is over and there won't be another chance to earn treats until I ask them for something else. On the rare occasion he has a meal from a bowl, I've taught him to wait until I give him the command to "take it".
04-04-2014 08:41 PM
David Winners
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Originally Posted by Airman1stclass View Post
So what if I want him to continue doing the command, what should I say or do to keep him from leaving the position?
The ME system is explained pretty well in this video.

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