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post #31 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-02-2010, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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An idea came to me that maybe being on a line or leash was making it worse. I took the tug out with him free and he was much more active and willing to stay on four feet to tug! If he did lay down with it, I just turned and walked away and he quickly got up to get me.
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Yeah, I don't know. I could try to let him have a tug toy more, but it would get destroyed. Perhaps it has a high value to him currently whereas the regular "toss" toys don't so much.

I can see it now... he gets the sleeve slipped and I am dragging 80 lbs of dog and sleeve through the grass on his side. Run around, run around...

I am thinking he needs to learn this laying down thing is not going to cut it.
True...True... He finally took out the "house tug" last week, the handle came off and the guts were starting to come out the middle. He doesn't really play with it much on his own. He has been known to use it as a pillow though.

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We have more standing near and holding the tug and I can praise and pet him and then take hold and tug some. So far not jumping up in front and coming into me but I will keep encouraging that.
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post #34 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-03-2010, 11:39 AM
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Maybe do what they do with flyball dogs and tug in a narrow hallway ... eliminate options. I don't know ... Ike won't return the tug to me either.
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