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Old 03-31-2017, 12:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
Bob Scott
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Re: He wont bring it back...why?

That game of tug, for ME is the reward for performance even if it's a simple sit.

As mentioned above that doesn't have to mean your going to out the dog every time and ask for more compliance.

If the training in the beginning is a game it will go so much easier.

My outs may come every 8-10 returns and that still applies with any thing I do with my dogs today in just basic obedience.


There are dogs out there that may be so serious that they may have no desire to "play" but I'll bet that rewarding compliance with a tug of war will still be up that dogs alley.

I've seen serious dogs figure that out quickly.

I look at today's motivational training being more about imprinting then actually "training".

Imprint that dog to KNOW that compliance is all about reward and that reward can be anything from a scratch behind the ear, a treat, a game of tug or even that best of rewards to a working dog, the bite.

"Imprinting" is like hard wiring something in a dogs brain.

Keep it a game and the dog with keep with you.
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