A release cue is a marker that tells your dog that their job is done. It can be anything you’d like, as long as it is consistent. Common examples include “okay,” “all done,” “free,” and “break.” Release words are commonly used at the end of stays. We’re going to incorporate them into mat work too!
When practicing with the mat, say your release cue right before you toss a reset cookie. It’s important to use your release cue before your dog has a chance to release themselves.