Releasing from a Command
When you dog has completed a stationary command such as “sit”, “stay” or “settle”, you want him to know a “release command” that tells him that the behavior is completed, and he is free to move around again. You can use any word you want, but don’t pick one that is used frequently in the course of normal conversation or that is used as a “praise’ word.
Have your dog take one of the stationary commands. Then, when he has stayed in that position for 5 seconds, say the word you have chosen….encourage your dog to move around-this can be done by clapping our hands, petting your dog, or moving away so he follows you. You don’t need to use a treat, because his treat is being allowed to move around freely. Like all other training be sure to practice this frequently as a normal part of your daily interaction.