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Lyra – Week 3, Day 1

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I outsourced today’s lesson.  You’ll understand after you see it.

Here’s a video showing extremely good play skills.  Four specific techniques are demonstrated; running away without holding the end of the toy (chase), “tagging” the dog and running off, running with the dog while holding the end of a toy, and playing tug after falling to the ground.  All excellent games to play with a puppy.  The purpose of the toy in Lyra’s mouth is to keep her from chomping legs and clothing.  Ideally, she’ll outgrow the need for a toy in her mouth and she’ll be able to run and play without it, but for now, she’s learning how much fun it is to run and play with humans.

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I'm a professional dog trainer who specializes in building relationship in dog handler teams who compete in dog sports. My personal passions are Competitive Obedience and no force (motivational) dog training. I travel throughout the world teaching seminars on topics related to Dog Obedience and Building Drives and Motivation. I own Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, a comprehensive online school for motivational training of performance sport dogs.

10 responses »

  1. Tired puppy and kids – priceless 🙂


  3. No kidding!!!!!!!! What an FANTASTIC idea, tiring out kids AND puppy!! You rock! 🙂 🙂

  4. Oh what fun Lyra was having!!! And the boys as well:o) You seem to have wonderul patience as a great mother:o)

  5. what a great way to wear out a puppy! maybe you should rent them out 😉

  6. Oh how I envy those young legs. Running on my two artificial knees can’t start to be that exciting for a pup. I have to rely on deception so she comes to believe I am exciting.

  7. What’s the hourly rate on the boys? So much fun for the pup 🙂

  8. Loved it! Priceless way to make sure they all crash and sleep well…..genius!

  9. I do want to say though that I found this video extremely helpful and easily applicable to my puppy (Lyra’s brother for those who don’t know). I loved the variations of play you talked about, and certain aspects did encourage Ikon to run with the toy versus drop it and attack legs. We are working on running together with the toy, then I let go and change direction. He is loving that! Thanks for all the videos and help!


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