Re: teaching out
One of the most effective ways I've learned to teach a dog "give" is to spit yummy treats on the top of the dog's head.
What I do is I fill my mouth with a number of pieces of meat or cheese. Then I play whatever game I'm playing with my dog (fetch or tug or whatever) and when I want my dog to let go of the item, I hold onto it and say "GIVE!" and then immediately start spitting treats onto the top of his head.
I have yet to have a dog that doesn't let go of whatever they have so that they can go after the treats.
Do this for several training sessions and you'll have a dog that releases immediately (and happily) on command. Once they're doing that, it's easy to switch out to just throwing the toy again instead of spitting treats. I tend to still do the treats on occasion so that the dog doesn't ever really know when the sky will be raining bits of meat and cheese .. *L*
I've used the "freeze and don't tug back" method and it does work well on some dogs, but there are others who simply keep pulling. So I tend to always go through the "rain of treats" training at some point to reinforce the concept that "give" is a really good thing.
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