Your browser does not support JavaScript! Universal Commands - Hold
Border Collie Rescue - On Line - Universal Commands - Hold

Universal Commands - Hold

The "Hold" command.

Training a dog to hold something has benefits.
You may not have three hands but if you have a dog there is one extra 'hand' there ready to help.
A well trained dog can fetch something, bring it back to you and hold it until you are ready. Useful if you are incapacitated.
In retrieve you do not want your dog to bring an item back to you and drop it on your feet. It should sit in front of you until you take it from its mouth.
A dog may be asked to carry something for you or even its own lead.
Teaching a dog to Hold something reduces its inclination to pick something up and chew it. In effect you are training your dog not to chew things.

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.

Back to - Universal Commands menu page

P1010014.jpg (13679 bytes)   P1010015.jpg (12961 bytes)  
Place item in dogs mouth and place one hand palm up under the jaw and the other hand palm down over the nose, gently holding jaws tight on item

P1010011.jpg (13263 bytes) P1010012.jpg (12554 bytes)
Step back and show palm of hand as in stay.

The dog should be taught to hold the item in its mouth until told to release it. It should never drop the item.
Back to - Universal Commands menu page

 If you are interested in adopting a Border Collie from us, please phone 0845 604 4941 during office hours.
(2 pm to 5 pm Tuesdays to Thursdays)
Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process.