June 25, 2015

Tamars Tips: Have a Release Word

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When you end a game–or any other activity–it’s good to have a “release” word. Whether it’s tug of war, a walk, or a handful of treats, when I decide that the activity is over, I like to hold out my palms, facing upward, and say “No more” (even if I have more treats). It’s a simple act, but it allows you to “remove the batteries,” giving you a useful off switch when you’re dog wants to keep playing and you’re ready to collapse, or when he’s using his cutest face to try and convince a guest to give him food from a plate. Having an off switch allows your dog a lot more freedom to play out his wolf instincts–you know that you can stop him and redirect his focus with one word.

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