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    Seriously now . . . .

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    Default Re: How did you train your bullie to release??

    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberrys Mom View Post
    I've tried when we play tug. As long as I have treats on me, he'll release it the first time, and go for the treats. He won't pick up the rope again until he's positive all treats are gone. So we're only able to practice the "release" command once.
    Not sure I understand. You have treats. It is in your pocket. He's playing tug with a rope. You tell him to "release" and he does so you give him one treat out of the 10 that is in your pocket. So, you pick up the rope and shake it infront of his face. He doesn't want to play tug because he wants you to give him all 9 treats. Easy. You give him the rope and either ignore him or walk away until he picks it up again. Then you go back to telling him to "release". You can practice this thing all day long. At any time... you could be cooking dinner, you see him pass by with the rope in his mouth... You tell him "release" and give him a treat for obedience... watching TV, he picks up his rope and plays with it, you tell him to "release" and give him a treat...

    It doesn't all have to be done in one sitting.

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    @Blueberrys Mom - if release isn't working I would teach him the "leave it" command ... "Leave It" is one of my favorite commands of all times and if taught properly you can say leave it and your dog will back away from the item no matter what it is! I taught my dogs "leave it" as a main training technique as important in my home as sit, stay or come. I've had fresh meat fall on the floor and all I have to say is leave it and they back away, they may back up sit and stare at it just in case I give them the go ahead but they won't touch it until given the ever loved by them command "ok"

    to teach "Leave It" have a treat in the palm of your hand ... let Blue smell it but say in a firm voice "Leave It" if he tries to take it close your hand around the treat ... Repeat over and over and over again until he gets it ... when you can say leave it and he backs away, give him a treat from the other hand (never ever give him the one you've said leave it to). Do this several times throughout the day then take that toy he is so obsessed with and teach him "leave it" with that toy also ... repeat until he is in complete understanding of the command and you will be able to command "leave it" and he will drop and back away from even his most prized toy. Remember timing is everything so the moment he pulls his head away from your hand after you have said leave it ... praise and treat then repeat (don't let him just back away and get a treat, he only gets the treat if you command "leave it" then he backs away).
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    @anatess Oh, I see what you mean. I'm used to doing "training" sessions with him. But you're right, can do it all day at anytime.
    @bulldogs4me Thanks for the tip! Will try this. Maybe I'll have an easier time with "leave it".


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberrys Mom View Post
    @anatess Oh, I see what you mean. I'm used to doing "training" sessions with him. But you're right, can do it all day at anytime.
    @bulldogs4me Thanks for the tip! Will try this. Maybe I'll have an easier time with "leave it".
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    my dogs take "leave it" more serious than any other command probably because I am always so firm when I say the command ... with sit, stay, come etc I use my nice mommy voice but when it comes to leave it they know without a doubt that firm "leave it" means I mean business and almost jump back from whatever it is they are going after, but like my teacher told me that command could very well save your dogs life so they need to follow it each and every time without fail. ok so maybe my teacher trained me well
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogs4me View Post
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    my dogs take "leave it" more serious than any other command probably because I am always so firm when I say the command ... with sit, stay, come etc I use my nice mommy voice but when it comes to leave it they know without a doubt that firm "leave it" means I mean business and almost jump back from whatever it is they are going after, but like my teacher told me that command could very well save your dogs life so they need to follow it each and every time without fail. ok so maybe my teacher trained me well
    Oh man, if the day ever comes that Blue stops what he's doing and jumps back from something I say, or my tone- lol- I'll feel like I hit the lottery lol..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberrys Mom View Post
    Oh man, if the day ever comes that Blue stops what he's doing and jumps back from something I say, or my tone- lol- I'll feel like I hit the lottery lol..

    I hear ya ... my first bulldog Attitudee was super smart but she matched her name completely she was one great big attitude with and extra e she was excellent in class and always the perfect little student but at home she was a devil dog I would tell her to do something, she would look at me and make these grumbling sounds which was her way of talking back and then go back to what she wanted to do ... it was a crazy nightmare mixed with happy times, she was a TOTAL challenge!!
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    Default Re: How did you train your bullie to release??

    I don't worry to much about the realese command with my girls; they have their toys and will go get them to play tug of war with you. Tug of war never means release in our house and for me all I have to do is change the tone of my voice and both the girls know when I am playing and when I mean business. If they get my granddaughters toys all I have to do is tell them no and they immediately drop it and run. Now, that doesn't mean they don't come back later and get another toy because after all they are bullies and what is yours is theirs and what is theirs is theirs.....lol......but if my voice changes they know something is different. Try changes in your tone of your voice and see what happens, bullies are very in tune with emotions and pick up on them quickly. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    Yeah, this one is a toughie for me too

    The way they taught us at the Pet Smart obedience class is, while the toy is in their mouth, hold a treat close to their nose and say "drop it". As soon as they drop the object, give the treat. My problem is with Tate, he will see the treat and will drop the toy before i even say drop it. So he's not really understanding the command. He just sees a treat and he wants to eat it. With Finn, it would have to be something he really loves, like liver, b/c he tends to be more stubborn with letting his toy go.
    That's a great idea I will have to try that!


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    My ace is 12 wks old and I'm training him the basic commands. When he doesn't want to let go of something, I will make my hand into a claw form and gently put it on his neck while making him flip over, belly up on the floor and with a firm LET GO! He quickly releases. At times he thinks I'm playing with him and tries to attack my fingers., lol. I've been using this method to have him stop the shark snapping at my children, and it's worked wonders. I don't know where I read it, but supposedly this is what the alpha dog (dAddy) would do if he didn't like what his pup was doing, slightly pinning him on his back.


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    The trainer we use (I also have a standard poodle Mr. B will be going to the same private trainer) starts off using praise not treats. Once they start responding to the party praise then we use the treats (for which ever command we are teaching). Our command is drop it sometimes depending on the situation it can also be leave it (emergency of course). The earlier you begin teaching retrieval the better , but at any age its never to late. I wouldn't run after him, but instead get all crazy praising him to bring it back....I swear it works you might look like a nut bag but it is effective lol, if he does not drop it on command take it away and repeat. Work with him a couple of times a day for only 15-30 minutes each time. They get stressed out to HTH. O forgot to add when you do use treats find something that is so irresistible he can't help but listen, if he drops it before the command do not give him the treat just repeat these guys/gals are smart he will get it after a while.
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    Default Re: How did you train your bullie to release??

    Ha I use a similar technique with Mr. B he attacks the kids constantly, now I can just say leave it and he will stop! Except I'm not a dude I'm the head chic of the house .

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