Basic Handling Command Terminology
Like all commands these are tailored to specific handler preference.
Back: Directional signal given to dog by handler. The handler arm & hand is raised vertically telling the dog to move in a direct line away from the handler. Most common on blind retrieves but can be used as a term to send the dog on a mark. (see blind retrieves)
Delivery Command: Used when obtaining an object a dog is holding, the dog is to deliver to handler without dropping. An example term to use is Give or Drop.
Heel: Dog at handler side, not pulling forward or backward. Heel can be either side when hunting or at hunt tests depending on mark type. Most handlers heel at the left side for consistency.
Here: the dog is to come immediately and either sit or enter a tight area around the handler. At a distance a whistle to signal Here is used.
Hold: Command to for dog not to release object until the handler gives release command.
Praise: Terminology used to verbally encourage the dog.
Over: Directional signal given to dog by handler. The handler’s right or left arm & hand are raised horizontally from the waist telling the dog to move in the direction indicated by the arm. Most common on blind retrieves but can be used as a term to send the dog on a mark. (see blind retrieves)
Sit: Dog firmly planted in a seated ready position, feet underneath body, not leaving position except by handler command. At a distance a whistle sit requiring the dog to sit and give the handler attention when sounded.
Release Command: Used to signal the dog when it is no longer working and can relax.