Before we start to teach our pup obedience, there is something that you must master first; it is fun and easy and extremely important, it is called the Release.
It is exactly what it sounds like, a break from whatever it is that you are teaching the pup. Simply put, it is a break from the work you are doing, designed specifically to let the dog know that he can relax and have fun.
It lets the pup know that right now they don’t have to pay close attention and that they can get up if they want. A release is “OKAY!!! Good job little critter! At ease fuzz butt!” It means that the dog can do whatever he wants and does not have to be tuned into you.
The release is significant because it formally ends the training session; it is black and white to the puppy, not gray and fuzzy. It sends a clear message. Sit means sit until further notice and down means down until further notice. The release is the further notice. It is important that we teach the puppy this from the very beginning.
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The following are the basic exercises to teach your puppy how to walk calmly on a loose leash, sit, down, stand, and come when called. These are the fundamentals that all puppies must learn.