• Daria Rylkova

    January 20, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds like her preference for toys may have changed. If you go slow, you can definitely increase her drive for pretty much any toy, but if you already have an idea that she likes to play tug with plush toys and fabrics, and your main goal is just to play with her for the relationship and exercise, I would make a tug or buy one out of similar materials. As it sounds like you are already doing, make sure that she only has access to those toys when you’re playing with her and that you are initiating and deciding when play ends. She should know both a good “out” cue and a release word to let her know she’s allowed to start/resume playing like “get it.” This way she’ll learn that she’s not allowed to just start tugging on something that you’re holding. Here’s an example of me working tug into obedience with a female husky: