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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-09-2015, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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help with obedience training toy-obsessed dog

Hello, I have always obedience trained my dogs to a basic competition level using food as a reward.. I now have a dog who is totally toy-obsessed and would rather have his toy than a food treat.. How do I use this for training? Do I let him have a tug and a play every time I give him a command, or do I do a few things with him then give him a play? If I do it that way will he still see the play as a reward for the work?
I'd really appreciate some help so that I can use his play-drive to my advantage!

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Yep, I use the toy just as I used the food to reward. So if I'm using a tug I give the command(s) and then offer the tug and allow a play session of a few seconds than remove the tug and continue the session until I'm finished and end the session with a much longer play session and praise

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Toys are GREAT to mix in! Gets you a real flash and enthusiasm when you figure out how to fit it in.

Have you watched any Michael Ellis stuff? Great free videos on line that would be a good start.






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