Proper Tug Play Using One Toy

It would appear that this puppy has worked on a release cue before this session, but this is what your tug game should look like.

What you want to do is immobilize the toy when giving your release cue and stopping the game completely until the dogĀ  releases the toy.

As soon as the dog releases they are rewarded with the game starting again. Some dogs may need to start even slower with treats or another toy.

What you are trying to build in your dog is that releasing the coveted toy pays off with a tasty treat or more play time.

You also want to end the game when the dog is still motivated by the toy and then put the toy away out of sight.

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