DOG TUGGING TIPS & COMMON TUGGING MISTAKES: How to get your dog to tug using these tugging solutions

we're back with another training video in this video 
we're going to give some solutions to the problems   you might be experiencing when you're playing 
tug with your dog some togs some togs stay tuned so some togs togs why am I saying  we often work with people that are really 
struggling to get their dogs into a game of   tug with them some of the common problems that we 
come across we're going to cover in today's video   but not only that we're going to talk you through 
some of the solutions to those problems before we   get started if you're struggling to get your dog 
to play then be sure to check out the other videos   in this toy play series and follow those steps 
first one of the common problems that we often   come across when people are trying to get their 
dogs to play is them inadvertently putting too   much pressure on them so they're waving the toy in 
the dog's face they're bashing it off of the floor   trying to gain their focus for some dogs what that 
can inadvertently do is put too much pressure on   them and rather than getting them to want to play 
it can actually have the opposite effect on them so the solution to this is to use an 
alternative method to get your dog   interested in the toy this alternative method is 
to use a longer chaser type toy such as the one   Craig has got here and creating chase with the toy 
rather than bringing the toy closer to your dog   for some tips and techniques of how to get your 
dog interested in chasing a toy please refer   back to the second video in this toy play series 
where we walk you through exactly how to do that   Craig is demonstrating how creating chase 
with the toy is more motivating for Zen   rather than him going up to him 
and wiggling the toy in his face   we thought we'd show toy chase with Isla
as well as Zen because Isla is much smaller   but as you can see no matter the size of the 
dog creating chase is really motivational   rather than going towards the dog with the 
toy chase creates much more motivational play another problem that we come across all of the 
time is that people are able to get their dogs   to chase after the toy but they actually have a 
lot of issue with the dog gripping onto the toy   so they can create a tug the reason some 
dogs can't grip onto the toy is because   during the tug their owners are pulling too hard 
on the tug so it slips out of their dog's mouth so   sometimes what people do is when their dog grips 
onto the toy they'll yank away like Marita just   said or what they'll do is they'll grab onto the 
toy pull their elbow right back into their body   and start to jerk up and down the try to 
tugging the dog around so what we're going   to do now show an alternative method to 
help you create a nice tug with your dog so as you can see whilst Marita is tugging with 
Harvey she's keeping her arms nice and straight   and moving in a gentle zigzag pattern to 
keep a moderate amount of tension on the toy another thing that can cause problems 
during tugging is the incorrect use of voice   sometimes people can use just a little bit too 
much voice when they're playing with their dogs   and you can find that rather than it being a 
reinforcing part of the game it can actually   cause their dogs to disengage due to the 
person putting inadvertent pressure on   their dogs however some dogs are the opposite 
and actually need quite a lot of vocals during   play to encourage them to tug my dog Duka 
who we're going to demonstrate in a minute   really enjoys vocals and I use them 
throughout our tug the key is to make   sure that you tailor the amount of voice that 
you use to suit your dog as an individual so Duka is a dog that finds lots of voice really 
reinforcing during toy play Marita is going to   demonstrate the amount of voice that she'd usually 
use when she's playing with Duka yes super but you may find that if you use that amount of 
voice to begin with with a dog that's a little bit   sensitive to voice what they might do is disengage 
from the game and that could be because they're   sensitive to your voice that could be that they 
expect you to deliver sweets to them when you   speak to them for an array of different reasons 
but what you need to think about is tailoring   the amount of voice that you use to your dog as an 
individual with my suggestion being that you start   off with as low a level of voice as is possible 
and then escalate or tailor it to suit your dog another factor that could be influencing your 
dog's desire to tug with you is the type of   physical contact you're using with your dog during 
your tug sessions also your body language during   that tug session can also influence their desire 
as we know each of our dogs is an individual   and different dogs may find different types 
of physical contact reinforcing some dogs may   really enjoy a vigorous type of physical contact 
during a game of tuggy as where others may not   like that at all you may find that if you share 
vigorous contact as a starting point with your dog   and that's not something that they like it 
could easily lead to them not wanting to tug   with you another thing that we have to be really 
considerate of when we're tugging with our dogs is   what we're doing with our body language some dogs 
may not like being pulled close into the body with   their handler overshadowing them or overcrowding 
them and that could also lead to them disengaging to avoid negatively influencing your dog 
during a tug session it's best in the   beginning to use limited physical contact and 
to avoid overshadowing Craig is demonstrating   here with Cicada how you can avoid doing this 
by keeping Cicada at a distance while tugging   and not crouching over her and overshadowing 
it really encourages a really positive type of   tug you can see that Craig is only using minimal 
physical contact with Cicada and only occasionally   smoothing her down the edge of her body and 
not touching her or crowding over her head   so in summaries with body language 
and physical contact start off with   a minimal baseline and incrementally 
change and increase it to suit your dog   one of the biggest hugging mistakes people make 
when they're trying to get their dog to tug   is that they don't let their dog win the 
toy enough during the game of tugging lots   of people think that the idea is to always be 
stronger than your dog or by keeping the toy   back with you all of the time the dog will be 
more motivated for it where in actual fact I  often find that it has the opposite effect on the 
dog during a game of tuggi i really like to let   the dog win lots and lots of they feel big and 
strong and as if they can win the toy off of us so the solution to this is to let your dog 
win really regularly during the game of tuck   as you can see maria is sharing a game of time 
with Cicada that she's tailored to suit her   but what she's doing is letting her win on 
a really regular basis and Cicada's first   decision is to get back to mum for more of the 
game as you saw when I let go of the toy Cicada   brings it back to me so I'm not worried about 
letting it go but many people are often worried   about letting go of the toy in case their dog is 
going to run away with it if this is a problem   that you're struggling with please subscribe to 
the channel and stay tuned for our further videos   on how to stop your dog running away with the 
toy and toy retrieves if you found this video   useful at all then please give it a like thanks 
for watching and we'll see you next time bye

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