'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Tug Drive.

Since Lola's new tug toys (one made of sheepskin and one of rabbit fur) arrived, I've been trying to build her drive for them. Or rather, I've been trying to remember to do so. I'm a very forgetful person, and between general walking, reactivity stuff, crate/home alone training and trick training, working on her tug drive sometimes falls by the wayside.

Indoors, if the tug (we're using the black sheepskin tug mostly at the moment, as it has a much wider bite area) comes out, she is instantly 'on'. She wants it, and she will leap for it, bite and hold it, and retrieve it.

But outdoors, there's so much more exciting stuff - balls to play with, birds to chase, smells to explore. So, we've been working on it on and off, and this is where we are now.




Her tug drive is really coming on in leaps and bounds, and it's awesome. Tomorrow, I'm going to bring Jess to the field and have her leashed up (with something to play with, obviously) to act as a distraction, and we'll work from there.


Sara said...

What a blast! This is something I need to be working on with Chewy. He loses his drive for toys when we are at class and other places, because he is so focused on the other dogs and people.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

You are so smart to be working on tug drive with Lola - I wish I had done that with Ricky. I think it makes agility training and trialing so much easier.

Ci Da said...

Great work!

Remember short and sweet sessions. It looks like you're keeping them nice and short, but we could always use the reminder. Leave the dog wanting more! And never let the dog end the game before you.