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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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How do I build tug drive?

I have a young puppy, and somehow I managed to get him bored of some of his tug toys

However, he is still crazy for others.

How do I play with the tug in a way which makes the puppy want to come back for more as opposed to getting bored and looking for other toys?

Its really confusing me, I can't see what I am doing wrong in the slightest. I'm moving the toy away from him, he chases it, we have a good game, and repeat it and he begins loosing interest.

Whats going on? Is there a technique to this?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 02:20 PM
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 02:22 PM
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Take all the toys away. Don't leave them laying around. Make play interactive. Get/make a flirt pole and use it on a soft surface to chase/catch to build prey drive. Be excited when you introduce the tug. Keep it interactive; let him win and keep it when he pulls hard; call him back to you, repeat. Be enthusiastic.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 02:57 PM
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All of the above answers. Plus, how old is your pup? Many puppies don't have much of an attention span for anything! Be sure to keep the sessions short. It could be as short as 30 seconds?? or 2 minutes depending on your pup, time of day etc.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your responses

@Balif
That could be a little difficult since I live alone. I could give it a try.


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Yes, I have a flirtpole, and he goes nuts for it. Its not a problem on his end with him not having enough drive (he has bags of it. loves to tug the toys he wants to tug at that moment), its just that old toys that I play with him that he gets bored of and searches for more interesting toys.
I do everything you suggested already, but thanks for the advice

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He is 16 weeks old. I'll try to keep the sessions short.

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Thinking about it, the real question is how do I make interacting and playing tug with me more exciting than ignoring me and chewing a toy?

I've realised I mainly have this issue when I want him to interact with me, and not wonder around the room looking for toys he prefers, or chewing toys or balls that he prefers over the toy in my hand.
Surely playing tug and chasing the toy more exciting than that dead toy, or looking for a better toy?

I know I could remove all other toys, but its not really as simple as that. I want him to know that if he comes to interact with me, he gets a much more fun time than by chewing that dead toy. Also, if i remove the toy he wants so he cant get it, it wont stop him from trying to find a toy as exciting.
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He'll soon outgrow his toys and desire interactive play. If you don't want him to disengage with you to play with other toys in his own, all I can think of is to pick them all up and put them away and let him be w/o for a while until you introduce the tug. At 4 months it'll be short sessions. He's a typical litte puppy.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 10:21 PM
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Don't forget, teething! Playing tug is usually suspended during this period.
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