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    My pup won't be home for a few more weeks but as a newbie, I have a question. I'm going to see how the trainer releases/commands and use that way but wanted to hear from people on here as well. I understand that most use pups name on a mark and back on a blind...correct me if I'm wrong...but what do you use to allow pup to eat, walk through a door, come out of kennel, to let them know they no longer have to sit or heel, etc, etc. It was my plan to use OK for everything other than a mark or blind. Is this common? Also, in my short time trying to learn about retrievers and retriever games I've seen some argue over whether or not something is considered a release or command. Am I missing something? Does it really matter whether or not you view it as a release or command?

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    I use OK.

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    I use "OK for a lot of that. I say "release" for dog to let go of the bird and give it to me. in day to day household wanderings a simple "hey stupid" should not be overlooked. as for the allow the pup to eat part, when I set the bowl down it is time. My dogs work hard for me and I do not feel the need to flock with them at supper time. I set the bowls down at each side of kitchen and pick them up a few seconds later. you will here other who do other but I am not a make sit and tease feeder. set the bowl down, pick it back up.
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    Ken-I've been the same as you on eating with all my other dogs. I sure as he!! wouldn't want someone doing that with my food. I was just using that as another example to get my point across. Although, several I've talked with are completely sold on making the pup wait until given the word to eat. They think it helps later on. The one release/command word I'm determined to make sure pup understands this time, that I haven't in the past, is not bolting out of the door, kennel, truck until I say so. I've let that slide in the past, only to have it cause problems later in pups life. The other "no-no" I've done in the past is allow pup to jump up on me (b/c of back problems I don't have to bend down) to pet him. Once pup is grown this has become a pain as well. So, I'm going to work on those two from the start. Thanks for all the input thus far!!! I'll check with the trainer closer to time and see what words he uses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bora View Post
    I use "OK for a lot of that. I say "release" for dog to let go of the bird and give it to me. in day to day household wanderings a simple "hey stupid" should not be overlooked. as for the allow the pup to eat part, when I set the bowl down it is time. My dogs work hard for me and I do not feel the need to flock with them at supper time. I set the bowls down at each side of kitchen and pick them up a few seconds later. you will here other who do other but I am not a make sit and tease feeder. set the bowl down, pick it back up.
    I agree wholeheartedly, I do expect a dance for their diner but that just comes automatically. My release word for “just go be a dog” is also OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cocdawg View Post
    Ken-I've been the same as you on eating with all my other dogs. I sure as he!! wouldn't want someone doing that with my food. I was just using that as another example to get my point across. Although, several I've talked with are completely sold on making the pup wait until given the word to eat.
    I put my dog at sit when filling the bowl. It's not a test or a dominant exercise - I just don't need a big nose of help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cocdawg View Post
    My pup won't be home for a few more weeks but as a newbie, I have a question. I'm going to see how the trainer releases/commands and use that way but wanted to hear from people on here as well. I understand that most use pups name on a mark and back on a blind...correct me if I'm wrong...but what do you use to allow pup to eat, walk through a door, come out of kennel, to let them know they no longer have to sit or heel, etc, etc. It was my plan to use OK for everything other than a mark or blind. Is this common? Also, in my short time trying to learn about retrievers and retriever games I've seen some argue over whether or not something is considered a release or command. Am I missing something? Does it really matter whether or not you view it as a release or command?
    There is a definite difference between a release and a command.
    For instance, on a mark(s) you release the dog to pick up the shot birds that the dog saw shot and hopefully killed.
    On a blind retrieve you use the "back" command to tell the dog that it is to go as sent to pick a bird that it did not see shot... a distinct difference in that, when told to do so, there is no allowance for confusion by the dog in obeying this command in the rules.

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    I release my dogs on their names, to pick up marks and to eat. I use ''Break off'' when they are release to play free.

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    Well dogs are creatures of habit the more good habits they learn the better and smoother they will translate to the field. Whether you are going for a walk with them, feeding them or having them lay quietly in your home with or with out guest present, good habits are formed by encouraging and teaching the dog the behavior you want. "Keep up your standards" Mike Lardy.
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    Ok is the release around here. Example, all 3 have to walk at heel until we go around the gate in the driveway. This gives me the chance to check for traffic on the dirt road. If the coast is clear, I give the "ok" and they go charging down the road! As far as feeding I am not a believer in playing games with them by making them wait or taking the bowl away. But I do expect them to sit like gentlemen and not be leaping about and barking. So as I approach with the dish I say "sit" and as I set it down, "ok". No big deal.
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