Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Pierre, South Dakota
For my Sting, to build the bond, it is tug. I do it a little different, since he loves to pounce and grab. So I use 2 tugs hooked to leashes. He waits on the down/stay - while I walk out with both tugs - when I give the okay - I scoot one tug on the ground - he lunges for it - I pull - he pulls - after a bit I let go and grab the other -he drops his tug, and grabs that one - and so on. It is great exercise especially in winter. The important part is that after a longer struggle, that I give up and walk away, then turn and praise him - he has won and brings both tugs - he gets a treat when he gives the tugs back. I use the game as a reward after his daily obedience session. It has helped to forge a bond and for him to concentrate and ignore distractions, it has also helped his recall.
Sting Chance von Gaard AKC GSD 2/8/2006