• balkis

    July 12, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Hi Mike and Steve,

    It is sooooo true. I play tug with Stitch all the time and I realized some time ago the quickest way for me to get Stitchy to “release” is for me to loosen my grip. This technique also works with pretty much anything else he has in his mouth – a tennis ball, his furry little “tail” toy, his jolly ball. Any time I try to take something from him when he doesn’t “leave it” – if I loosen my grip/touch on the item – he will drop it.

    I also have realized that if I am bending over him (he is laying down with the item between his paws) after he “leaves it” and I try to pick the item up — he grabs it again. BUT if I stand up and wait a second or two (after he “leaves it”) and then I go pick the item up he will not try to grab it. So somehow my standing up straight vs. bending down over him to pick up the item makes a difference to him.

    Just my two cents! 🙂