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.