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April 16, 2012
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How Not to Train an Agility Dog

How Not to Train an Agility Dog

Jeff, Raine, and Dakota take a break from training to allow the dogs to play with the tunnel. And give you, as well as themselves, some much needed comic relief.

April 16, 2012   |   2 Minutes, 57 Seconds

Leerburg Q&A

Question: My dogs don't have a strong prey drive. Should I work on more prey drive and try to teach them to play tug?

I have Golden Retrievers, and in most of them, there is not a strong drive to play tug, rather they are driven to retrieve balls, sticks, etc. I have your DVD on training dogs with food, but would like to go further and start using toys. My question is: do I need to get your DVD on retrieving and just go with their natural tendency, or should I work on more prey drive and try to teach them to play tug? In any case, I would need to teach them to "out" the object, so which DVD would be most beneficial in this case?



If you can get your dogs to engage with you via tugging your training will be much easier and your dogs will engage with YOU more (as opposed to when all their rewards are thrown and they get their reinforcement from the item, not the interaction with the handler).

Id recommend The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog AND Advanced Concepts in Motivation before going to the retrieve DVD. The out is covered in the Tug DVD, but the motivation video is excellent and I highly recommend it.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Playing Tug with Your Dog.


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