The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog

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Author: Michael Ellis (Leerburg Enterprises)

Format: DVD

Running Time: 5 hrs 25mins<

This DVD on playing tug is the second video in the Building Drive and Focus Series with Michael Ellis. The first DVD, The Power of Training Dogs with Food, and this DVD, teach new trainers how to establish the foundation of Michael Ellis's training system on their dogs. Once that is accomplished, the principles of Michael’s system can be used to teach a dog any behaviour or exercise.

Michael’s system is based on marker training or operant conditioning. The DVD opens with Michael’s lecture on why and how to play tug with your dog. Michael then demonstrates technique with his dog Pi. Unlike other dog training DVDs most of the dogs I included were untrained dogs with handlers new to this system of training. I feel people learn more from watching others learn the work than by only watching the instructor work with his own dog.

For the tug to be used as an obedience reward with your dog, you must have 3 things.

The dog must tug with enthusiasm,

The dog must out when told to out,

The dog must bring the tug back after you release it.

This is the core goal of our training DVD. If dogs will not do these three things then handlers cannot use a toy or a tug as a reward in training.

The DVD covers the following topics:

Theory on playing tug with your dog.

The size and type of tugs to use, avoiding equipment bias

The proper way to get a dog engaged in tug play

How to teach a second handler to be a solid POST for your dog or puppy

Learning the correct way to create misses to build the intensity in your dog

Learning the mechanics of how to play tug once the dog has targeted the toy

How to present the tug while you play.

We show 10 different presentations:

The frontal catch

The catch to the right

The catch to the left

The stationary rear catch to the right

The stationary rear catch to the left

The rear spin catch to the right

The rear spin catch to the left

The presentation from the Place Postion (when do is between your legs)

The presentation with the right hand from the heel position

The presentation for the left hand from the heel position. 

Adding distraction to the training.

Correct way to introduce and teach the OUT to your dog. This is the most comprehensive explanation of training the OUT that I have ever seen. It could be a DVD in and of itself.

There are a number of different dogs used in the OUT segment each with their own issues. I including a dog that has (had) a serious out problem. Every trainer in every biting dog sport should view this work (including police K9 handlers).

Managing the drive of your dog. You will learn why Michael intentionally takes many dogs through the learning phase at lower levels of drive and then once the task is learned - raps up the level drive. Part of this segment explains and shows what to do with dogs that don't have enough prey drive to use a toy reward in obedience.

Avoiding getting dog bit when you play tug with your dog. Quite often people find that their dogs are constantly biting their hands when they play tug. We will teach you how to avoid this problem.

Playing tug with puppies, what you can and cannot do. He explains what not to do when puppies are teething.

If your goal with your dog is to do competition obedience, agility work, or to get involved in one of the biting sports, playing tug the right way is an integral part for all those endeavours.

This tug DVD is not meant to be watched one time and stuck up on a shelf. It's impossible for anyone to watch this one time and absorb the information that's covered. Those who will get the most out of it will be people who study it by watching it again and again and again.

 

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