The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
you are right in your assumptions that this is trained behaviour, and the goal is to make the handler the center of attention, not the toy. It isn't so much trained behaviour, as it is foundation training - developing your dog to want to interact with your, more than finding reward in the toy itself.
Easy enough actually, and fun! Play tug with a tug toy , and let your dog win. Always.
Call your dog back, grab the tug handle, and play! Play play play!!! Made the tug play the bestest funnest part of any training session. Won't be long, your dog will be bringing you the tug to engage with you. Perfect way to make OB training fun and rewarding.
You can google "engagement training" for videos that can show you more.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015