This command should be taught after the dog has mastered the Fetch routine. A point to remember is that initially a dog can be reluctant to let go of an object and may shift its grip when you try and pull the object away. This can lead to fingers getting nipped!
|First get the dog to sit in the present
position. Offer both hands to each side of the dogs mouth to take item. Grip
and gently remove.
|Here, the hand signal is in the action and the dog should quickly learn that it should hold an object in its mouth until told to release it, but once your hands make contact with the object it should release the item immediately|
|As with the Fetch command, the dog
should be encouraged to keep hold of the object until you are ready to take it.
It should be discouraged from dropping the item short of you or on the ground in front of you.
If an item is already a distance away and you wish the dog to retrieve it and bring it back to you, the 'Fetch' command and hand signal should be used and the Give command employed once the dog returns.
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