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Universal Commands - Go Free

The Go Free command. Used to end formal sessions or tell the dog it can go off and play.

In Border Collie Rescue all verbal commands used are accompanied by hand signals which serve to emphasise and compliment the instruction.
This is of great benefit when training deaf dogs, dogs with learning difficulties and dogs with short attentions spans.

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Both arms thrown up in the air together and extended in an exuberant manner.
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
This command is used to tell the dog that it is free to go and do its own thing. It is the equivalent of 'dismiss' as used on parade grounds.
The command should always be used at the end of a training routine or to signify that a period of restriction or control is over, only in secure areas.

It does not mean 'go away' - that is 'Back'.
It does not mean 'you are free to run off or cause trouble' - so far we have no command we teach dogs in BCR to allow them that option!
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