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Old 03-30-2017, 10:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
rick smith
Broke the Bark Collar
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Re: He wont bring it back...why?

i think a lot depends on your end game

tugging can be used a lotta different ways

one dog a few years ago brings this to mind
a mix dog that had a LOT of excess energy that was driving the owners crazy cause they didn't know how to deal with it. otoh it was kinda a velcro case and didn't wanna stray too far from them. no interest in retrieving and didn't even wanna chase frisbies
- had never seen a tug but for some reason it really lit up the dog, who LOVED to chase it on a drag line. but liked to jump and lunge for it much more
- after a week or so of goofing around they found the dog had a great knack for jumping at a raised tug to snatch it. for the dog it was only about how high it could jump to grab it. also taught the owners how to present one without getting nailed in the process
- in a couple weeks they were looking like the michael ellis tug video working with his dog //lol//
- the dog would grip fairly deep and pull for about 30 secs, but would then spit it out, back off and wait for another presentation. for the dog it was all about 'air time'
- the owners came up with some cool ways to present it. even had the dog clear a hurdle with them holding the tug on the other side

-- maybe not a big "tugging" accomplishment, but it really helped chill the dog out and owners were happy campers
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