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Training Tip #7 – Play time, but with rules

May 13, 2015 | Tips and Training

The dog has to sit to earn the toy, and must release on cue, so there is a balance between excitement and self-control, toy-focus and owner-focus. Another nice choice is a flirt pole! (Flirt pole = a pole with a tug toy attached to a rope.) Many dogs are out-of-their-mind happy to chase that fleeing toy across the ground. Do make sure that your dog is physically fit enough for the turns and twists as he chases the flirt pole. You have control and can ask the dog to do a ‘leave-it’ or ‘give’.
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