For the high drive dog, dismissal is an off switch. It asks her to disengage from the handler and does not allow for interaction until she has done so. She doesn’t have to leave but she does have to disengage.
The high drive dog learns, perhaps not so quickly, that the handler is not always available for work, leading to a reduction in demand barking, jumping, and classically conditioned state.
Capture & Shape Soft Behaviors
Shape and capture behaviors that are not aggressively seeking a response by the handler. If the dog is trying to manipulate you with the behavior, it’s not soft.
Soft behaviors like Ambient Attention, a happenstance generic look at the handler for no other purpose than to look and see, or a release of focus on a distraction in the environment.
Hard behaviors like laser focused Unsolicited eye contact or Attention is a great way to hook up with a dog. If you have something the dog wants he should give eye contact in order to get access to it. This quickly becomes akin to asking permission for things that the dog wants. If your dog offers Attention when they see something they want, most dog..., a snapping reorientation to the handler, or an aggressive down should be ignored.
You want the dog to ease up on the work.
Remember, Go Do Dog Stuff... Dismissal means that the handler is off limits. It doesn’t mean the dog has to go, or that work is finished, or stop doing that behavior, it just means that the handler is off limits now and the dog has to occupy her own time. This is a powerful concept that can be leveraged to manage... doesn’t mean the dog has to leave, it means the handler is not available.