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Universal Commands - Out

The "Out" command.

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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Point outdoors or away from the item or vehicle you wish the dog to leave with arm and index finger fully extended.
This command is very useful when you want a dog to leave a room or get out of a car or kennel, crate or enclosure.
There is an inclination to use this sort of command in an abrupt, emphatic tone which may intimidate a dog and make it feel it is being punished.
This command is useful where the dog needs to be quickly taken out of a hazardous situation so it needs to feel happy to respond quickly.

Some dogs have a phobia of doorways, narrow passages, low entrances and this is more likely to be apparent if a dog who is temperamentally timid is going out, rather than in, to such a situation.
Dogs tend to prefer small, den like spaces. They feel more secure in such locations and may show reluctance to leave one.

If you are in a public place and are getting the dog out of the car make sure it's lead is clipped on first but always resist the temptation to drag the dog out of anywhere by its lead or any other method.

This command should be taught to apply on two levels. One, in situations where the dog needs to be sent somewhere without the handler following, and two, in situations where the hander is already in advance of the dog and is therefore leading.
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