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.
"IT'S A GAME"!
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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