Friday, October 3, 2014

New toy! New Training!

Yoda is a manic tugger. She tugs. and tugs. If she swam, she would make a good tugboat.


She doesn't like to drop whatever it is you are holding on the other end... so that's sometimes less fun.

I picked up this awesome rope tug toy at the dollar store that comes with a comfy handle on my end so I can hold on comfortably and not lose my grip.

I used this opportunity to teach her a new command... "back off" for when she would come to tug too close to the handle. Something she picked up almost instinctively, maybe because my voice meant it. I also reapplied the "drop it" command which is her weakest obedience point. Again, she loves tugging SO MUCH that I gotta work really hard on reinforcing that "drop it + potential treat" is way more worth her while than continuing to pull. We are already making good progress!



  1. She is soooooooooooooo into it! Love it! That toy looks awfully well made for a Dollar Store toy! Do you know that Dakota's FAVORITE toy is a red, white and blue plush ball that is now about 3 or 4 years old and it is a MESS. It was purchased at a Dollar Store too!

  2. That is SO cute! Sometimes Kaya & Norman like to play tug with each other but not really with me. I guess I suck at it:/

  3. Tug is a lot of fun, and it's a really great strengthening exercise for dogs too. Yoda looks like she is having a blast, and great job with the training!