give the command
When working on any command there is a beginning, middle, and end. Begin by asking for the command, verbally. If your dog produces the command give affirmation followed by reward. If your dog does not produce the command, then give shaping to get them to produce the command. If your dog is unable or unwilling to produce the command after 10 – 15 seconds of shaping, release them from the command with “Ok!” or “Free!” and try again in a slightly different context.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again! The experience of dog training is fulfilling when you allow yourself to be flexible enough to respond to the demands of the context to best shape the experience of your dog.
This includes releasing them from the command if they hit a wall and are not making advancements in the present moment. After a short reset they will likely be willing to produce the command.