|Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 4:29pm PST |
|introduce something called the "2 toy game". this is played with two tugs ot two toys. get her really amped about one of the toys, running with it, tugging with it with her, becing vocal and telling her how great she is while tugging. Then, suddenly drop the toy, and pick up the other one, run with it and swish it on the ground and be very enticing with your body language and high pitched noises. as soon as she grabs your toy, have a good game with that, when switch to the other toy. What this teaches is that the only toy that is really fun is the one YOU currently have. it biulds drive for playing with you, teaches a good exchange, and builds toy drive. Ninja has been playing this game since he was 8 weeks, and he loves it.
The other thing i like to do is when i have a tug toy i play a good tug game, randomly releaseing the toy and "letting him win", and then running a short distance being very exciting and clapping my hands. as soon as he gets to me a grab the toy he has and continue the tug game. its basically a keep away game, you are being exciting, and when the dog reaches you the ultimate reward is a GREAT tug game. When i tug with Ninja i am very vocal and happy in tone, I slap him on his sides and give slack and also reel him in, and then let him win. Now when he has his tug, i will suddenly stop the game and take off running. He charges after me and when he gets to me he jumps up at me presenting the tug and trying to get me to take it. When i do, HUGE game.
You can also teach a "touch" where the dog touches your palm with her nose. Once you have that down pat you can shape a "touch" when she is holding a toy, and the second she touches start tugging with the toy. The reward for touching your hand is a tug game. I put the touch on cue before add the toy aspect.
Any of these games need to start in the house or in a small space so you can more easily control the toy and enviornment so you make sure you are the most exciting. Then you slowly take it out in your yard, and elsewhere, until you are in the park.
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